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In Their Own Words

November 21, 1732

Good Day on Colonists’ Voyage

In his journal, Peter Gordon recorded a happy day in the voyage of the first Georgia colonists, mentioning James Oglethorpe in the process. There had been a baptism that day, followed by:

“…Afterwards Mr. Oglethorpe ordered five gallons of brandy to be made into a flipp which being equally divided was three quarts to each mess which consisted of five people, and to each mess was allowed half a fowl, with bacon, and greens, which was a very agreeable refreshment, our people having never been used to salt provissions before. The evening was spent, with mirth, and order and success to the intended Collony…”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 8.