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In Their Own Words

November 01, 1732

Trustees Made Decisions Regarding Georgia

Sir John Percival (who would become the first Earl of Egmont) wrote in his journal of Trustee proceedings several important decisions made by Georgia’s Trustees with respect to the new colony:

  1. Resolv’d to establish a Civil Govermt. in Georgia, and a Town on the River Savannah to be call’d by that name. That the Township consist of 5000 Acres, and that the Governmt. thereof be by Bailifs, Constables, & Tything Men. That a Court of Oyer & Terminer be created with a judge, justices of Peace &c.

  2. Then the Common Council nominated the Magistrates and Officers and added 3 persons to the Embarkation.

  3. Mr. Oglethorp offering himself to go in person and conduct the people, Powers under the Corporation Seal were given him. 1. To Set out limit and divide the 500 acres. 2. To give lycence to persons to go out of Georgia as occasion Should require. 3. To direct the Trustees of those 5000 acres in the division of them. 4. To make Grants to the persons going over, not exceeding 50 acres besides their houses and gardens. 5. To remove officers on failure of duty, and to Supply their places in case of death.

  4. then the Passengers being call’d in, they Sign’d Seal’d a deed to Submit to the Laws We Should make, be dutyfull to the Magistratee, Stay 3 years in the Colony, and mutually assist each other in clearing their Lots… .

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. 7.