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In Their Own Words

October 18, 1736

Food Distributed

From Ebenezer, Johann Martin Boltzius wrote about distributing food supplies sent the Salzburgers from Savannah:

“Both today and last week I distributed flour and butter to our people, which they had asked Mr. Causton [the Trustees’ storekeeper] to send them instead of syrup. They were due syrup for three quarters of a year, which they then, to be sure needed for brewing beer, but the butter and flour given them in place of it stands them in good stead in their present sickness, that has last so long. They cordially thank God, who has in this way saved until now what is useful for them now. To be sure, some extra things are being given to the sick from the store-house in Savannah. However, since it is being given so frugally for a few sick and, as it is said, is being given on credit, how could we expect to be given as much as would be necessary for the entire congregation?”

Source: George Fenwick Jones and Marie Hahn (trans. and ed.), Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America … Edited by Samuel Urlsperger, Vol. 3, 1736 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1972), p. 231.