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In Their Own Words

September 22, 1739

Oglethorpe Visited Salzburgers

Returning from his important visit to Coweta to renew English friendship and alliances with the Creek Nation, James Oglethorpe visited the Salzburgers at Ebenezer, as Johann Martin Boltzius recorded in his journal:

“At three o’clock in the afternoon we had the pleasure of seeing General Oglethorpe at our place. He came down the river in a trading boat with his retinue and remained for a few hours in my house, which again pleased him very much. He was delighted with our arrangements and with the industry of the Salzburgers; and, because he has received letters that the Lord Trustees are inclined to accept more Salzburgers and other persecuted Protestants, arrangements will be made to lodge them here according to their needs. The Lord Trustees no longer plan to maintain a storehouse and therefore he is pleased that our people have such a rich harvest and will gradually have oxen and hogs for slaughtering. He left six muskets and some powder here; because a number of Negroes or Moorish slaves in Carolina have taken up arms, plundered and burned many houses, and slain the people, it is feared that they may cross the Savannah River into this colony… .

“Mr. Oglethorpe told me with what great honor and joy he had been received by the Indian nations and how peace had been instituted between some of them who had long been waging a war against each other. The remote nations had sent deputies to him to renew their friendship with the English and to help them in every way in case the land they received from the Indians should be disputed. He does not believe (as rumor now has it) that the Spaniards will try to accomplish anything against this colony; for they have more to fear from us that we from them, unless the Lord has ordained some misfortune for us. He departed from us at give o’clock and assured us of his continued affection. May God accompany him!”

Source: George Fenwick Jones and Renate Wilson (ed. and trans.), Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America … Edited by Samuel Urlsperger (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1981), Vol. 6, pp. 220-221.