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In Their Own Words

August 07, 1737

Oglethorpe Meeting Recorded

The Earl of Egmont recorded in his journal of Trustee proceedings of James Oglethorpe’s meeting with Sir Robert Walpole, who was now wavering in his support for giving Oglethorpe a regiment of British soldiers to defend Georgia:

“Mr. Oglethorpe had this day very warm words with Sr. Robt. Walpole concerning the 2d Memorial of Giraldini [Spain’s agent in London], which So terrify’d Sr. Robert by apprehensions of the Spaniards falling out with England in case any forces Should be Sent under Oglethorpe to Georgia, as the Memorial threaten’d, that Sr. Robert proposed to him to drop the design of Sending him over with a Regiment and accept of a Regiment in England in lieu thereof. At this Mr. Oglethorpe fired, & ask’d him what man he took him to be? And whether he thought he had no conscience to be the Instrument of carrying over 3000 Souls to Georgia, and then abandoning them to be destroyed by the Spaniards for the Sake of a Regiment? He also desired to know whether Georgia was to be given up yea or nay? If So it would be just and Kind to let the Trustees Know it at once, that they might immediately write to the Inhabitants to retire, and Save themselves in time. Sr. Robert reply’d he did not See the necessity of that.”

Source: Robert G. McPherson (ed.), The Journal of The Earl of Egmont: Abstract of the Trustees Proceedings for Establishing the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1738 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1962), pp. 296-297.