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In Their Own Words

August 26, 1740

Causton Sick, Malcontents Moving

William Stephens’s journal entry for this day mentioned the poor health of Thomas Causton (formerly store-keeper for the Trustees), the imminent departure of one of the leading Malcontents (colonists opposed to the Trustees’s regulations in colonial Georgia), and some other Malcontents wishing to settle on Wilmington Island:

“…Mr. Causton being brought to Town a few Days since in a very weak State, hoping that Change of Air, and the Conversation of his Friends might contribute towards his Recovery; I had the Opportunity of delivering him his Letter from the Trust, whereof I had received a Copy. He was reduced, indeed, to the Shadow of a Man, and there appeared little Room of his Amendment, otherwise than from him with whom all Things are possible. It was again given out, that Mess. Stirling, Grant and Douglas, had received in that Letter which I delivered them from the Trust, a satisfactory Answer to what they had requested, touching their settling on Wilmington Island; which I knowing of could say nothing to: But as Dr. Tailfer was preparing now in Earnest to leave us, and that Club must thereby come to an End, I apprehended no ill Consequence, provided they were under a Covenant to cultivate Land, as well
as raise a live Stock, which, perhaps, was their Aim only.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 650-651.