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In Their Own Words

September 11, 1740

Minor Indian Problem Recorded in Journal

From Ebenezer, Johann Martin Boltzius recorded in his journal a problem the Salzburgers were having with some uninvited guests:

“Although the few Indians who had been with us for some weeks left a few days ago, today we got all the more of these uninvited guests. An old man who is supposed to be their king came to me, sat down at my table, at his fill, and his son what he could not eat. The Englishman at Old Ebenezer had to have his corn guarded from these people last night, and hence there is concern here that they will do more harm than the previous ones. This evening I will admonish the congregation not to enter into any trade with these people; for in this way we may be rid of them that much sooner. If they bring meat into the house the people must not send them away but rather accept what they bring and give the something else for it, otherwise one will incite the Indians against us.”

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, p. 234.