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In Their Own Words

August 01, 1740

Report from Oglethorpe Man from St. Augustine

From Ebenezer, Johann Martin Boltzius recorded in his journal a meeting with someone who had been with James Oglethorpe on his failed siege of St. Augustine:

“Before the morning divine service an Englishman came to me with a letter asking me to help him get to Old Ebenezer. He had been interpreter for the Indians in the camp with Mr. Oglethorpe and was supposed to bring them home and take some other back… . He said that Mr. Oglethorpe was at Frederica with all his men, waiting for some regiments of soldiers from England, and that he intended to mount a new attack on St. Augustine in October. Because he had too few troops, he could not get to the fortress, because they fired their cannons so heavily from within… . In the meantime, although little else has been accomplished, Mr. Oglethorpe now knows the whole region around St. Augustine, because of which he expects a big advantage in the future. He cause no damage to be done in the fields, gardens, and houses before St. Augustine, except what the Indians did, because he hoped to put everything to better use than letting it be consumed by fire. Mr. Oglethorpe is said to have endured more hardships than any of his soldiers; and, although he was always ailing because of the constant dampness above and below, he was always at the front in all important actions.

“There are many lies and slanders being spread in the country by Carolinians, which cause him [Oglethorpe] some unease, as do those persons lost inside a fort [Fort Mose]… .”

Source: George Fenwick Jones and Don Savelle (ed. and trans.), Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America … Edited by Samuel Urlsperger (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1983), Vol. 7, pp. 203-204.