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In Their Own Words

October 27, 1742

Malcontents Foiled Early

Of the many problems facing the early Georgia colony, one was a group of people who opposed the Trustees’ restrictions, taking aim in their anger at the colonial officials representing the Trustees. William Stephens, the Trustees’ secretary, wrote of this group of “Malcontents” and their failure to sway the Trustees:

“This day about Noon arrived Capt. Avery who was very welcome, Informing us of Many things, in a particular manner, relating to the Proceedings in Parliament, and the happy Event it produced, in Vindicating the Trusts Honour against the vile attempt of those, whose Impotent Malice thought to stain it… .”

Source: E. Merton Coulter (ed.), The Journal of William Stephens, 1741-1743 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1959), pp. 130-131.