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In Their Own Words

September 01, 1740

Stephens Arrived at Frederica to see Oglethorpe

William Stephens arrived at Frederica to visit James Oglethorpe, but unfortunately neither man was feeling well, so they postponed the meeting. Yet still courteous, they exchanged bottles of wine:

“…Arrived at Frederica about Sunsetting; when understanding the General was in but a weak State of Health, seldom conversing with any more than needful; and being myself also pretty much discomposed and fatigued, I sent him his Packet by Mr. Hawkins, and asked his Leave to wait on him in the Morning; whereupon he was so good to send me a Bottle of Wine, and a Bottle of Cyder: And the best Compliment I had to make him in Return, was to acquaint him I had a Bottle of Savannah Wine at his Service, made there, which I had brought with me, to present it with my own Hand from the Maker.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 653.