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In Their Own Words

September 24, 1739

Oglethorpe Assured of Creek Friendship

William Stephens recorded in his journal about James Oglethorpe (the General) assuring him of the friendliness of the Creek Indians, particularly important at the time - as war had recently been declared against Spain:

“…My Duty prompted me to a pretty close Attendance on the General, which I gladly paid; and in Conversation he was pleased most agreeably to inform us, how unquestionably he had the Friendship of the Lower and Upper Creek Indians secured to us, which at this Time more especially was of so great Value, when we were apprehensive, thro’ the secret Working of our Enemies, their former Amity began to wax cold: But as they were a very numerous and bold Nation, and lay immediately on the Back of this Province, we now looked on them as a Wall of Defence. … and next, for being so watchful in guarding against any dangerous Correspondence at this Season with the Spaniards, commending the Spirit which appeared among us on that Occasion…”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 421-422.