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In Their Own Words

September 18, 1738

Colonist Threatened to Leave Georgia

A Georgia colonist, unhappy with the Trustees’ regulations, threatened to leave Georgia on this day, as noted by William Stephens in his journal:

“…Mr. Robert Williams coming to Town from his Plantation, called on me, to enquire what News I had by my late Packet, and particularly with relation to the Tenure of Lands; to which I gave him in Answer the Resolution of the honorable Trustees, with the Reasons they had been pleased to send me, for adhering to their first Determination: At which he appeared very uneasy, and at length broke out into great Warmth, telling me, that no one ever yet came here with a more firm Intention of doing every Thing in his Power to promote the Interest of the Colony; that he had given sufficient Testimony of it in many Instances, and thrown out a great deal of Money, which he has yet seen no Return of; which nevertheless he could be content to wait farther to seethe Event, and go on with Courage; but that now he saw plainly all he did was on a precarious Title, and that he could insure nothing: Wherefore he was resolved to lose no more Time, but as soon as he got his Crop in, he would instantly bid the Colony adieu, and remove all his Effects over the Water into Carolina, where he would settle on some Lands he had in that Neighborhood. I endeavoured to reason with him as well as I could, and soften him into better Temper; but I found it impracticable at present, by his growing more and more vehement: So we parted. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 202.