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In Their Own Words

October 25, 1738

Oglethorpe Left Savannah; Colony in Poor Condition

William Stephens wrote in his journal of James Oglethorpe (the General) leaving Savannah and the desperate financial condition of early colonial Georgia:

“…This Morning the General left us, and returned to the South, leaving a gloomy Prospect of what might ensue; and many sorrowful Countenances were visible, under the Apprehensions of future Want: Which deplorable State the Colony was now fallen into, through such Means as few or none had any Imagination of (my own entire Ignorance of it I truly own) till the Trustees in their late Letters awakened us out of our Dream; and the General, when he came, laid the Whole open, and declared we were but little removed from a downright Bankruptcy. Now was a Time when it would be fully apparent, who were most valuable among us, by shewing a hearty Endeavour to contribute what in them lay, to appease the Discontents which must arise, and with Patience wait to see better Things, which were not yet to be despaired of. … “

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 217-218.