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In Their Own Words

October 31, 1738

Desperate Need for Some Colonists Noted in Journal

This day’s entry in the journal of William Stephens showed how desperate many settlers in colonial Georgia had become, and how some pretended to be:

“…Mr. Jones sending frequently to desire my coming to him at the Stores, with Mr. Parker; I always went readily, as Mr. Parker also did generally, when he could be found; and ordinarily the Occasion of his sending, was to give our Opinion concerning the Delivering out small Quantities of Provision to People in Distress; for bare Subsistence a very short While; some of whom had a just Pretence, under an immediate Necessity, and were willing and able to repay it soon; some again were Objedls truly deserving Aid and Support, after being reduced to a low Estate, through Sickness, or perhaps the like; and some had no better Pretence, than a bold Face, hardened through Custom to hang upon the Stores for a Maintenance… “

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 220.