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In Their Own Words

September 23, 1739

Journal Recorded Oglethorpe’s Arrival

William Stephens recorded in his journal about James Oglethorpe (the General) arriving in Savannah from Fort Frederica after an illness:

“…About Five in the Afternoon the Boat was espied coming down the River, wherein was the General, who landed soon after, under the usual Compliment of our Cannon, and as many of our Freeholders, as could get under Arms in little more than a Quarter of an Hour, which was about fifty, to receive him; all glad to see him so well, and healthy, as he appeared, after so dangerous a Sickness as he had lately gone through. He was attended to his Lodging by the principal Officers and Magistrates of the Town; who after paying their Respects, and hearing what he was pleased to acquaint them with (briefly at present) all took their Leave, and withdrew. I delivered him the Packet from the Trust, which came to my Hands the 20th; and after he had opened it and read some of those Advices he seemed to think of most Moment, I retired, and left him to his Rest, which I thought he wanted.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 421.