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In Their Own Words

September 08, 1739

Georgia Learned of War with Spain

William Stephens, the Trustees’ secretary in Georgia, received some surprising news on this day. This entry also shows how slowly news was transmitted:

“Very sudden and unexpected News, of open war being declared with Spain, was brought us by a Sloop that arrived here this Day, with some provisions to sell, from Rhode-Island: the Master of which reported, that the Tartar Pink sailed out of England the 17th of June, by Order of the Government, being sent Express, to inform the Provinces in the Northern America of it …That he understood the Tartar Pink was designed to sail, with as little Loss of time as might be, from Boston, for Carolina and Georgia, with packets from the Government for those two Provinces… .”

Source: William Stephens, A Journal of the Proceeding in Georgia ([no city]: Readex Microprint Corporation, 1966), Vol. II, pp. 120-121.