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In Their Own Words

October 14, 1735

Oglethorpe, Wesleys Departure Recorded

In his journal of Trustees’ proceeding, the Earl of Egmont reported the departure from England of James Oglethorpe and 136 new colonists destined for Georgia:

“Mr. Oglethorp embark’d at Gravesend [a Thames River port city near London] on board the Simons, Capt. Cornish, and with him Mr. John Wesley A.M. in Priest’s orders, and Charles Wesley his brother in Deacons Orders, who is to be Minister at Savannah while his elder brother endeavours to convert the Indians. The whole number that went in his Ship were 125 of whom 102 at the Trustees charge. On the 20th of the same month, Mr. Oglethorp was joyn’d by 136 persons more in the Downs, on board the London Merchant, Capt. Thomas, of whom 129 went at the Trustees charge. The Saltsburgers that went with him were 59. And about the 29th of same month Capt. Geo. Dunbar of the Princess of Wales carry’d from Scotland 180 persons, of whom 130 were contracted to be at the Trustees expense, but our Accompt. believed these last would be but 120.”

Source: Robert G. McPherson (ed.), The Journal of The Earl of Egmont: Abstract of the Trustees Proceedings for Establishing the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1738 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1962), p. 114.