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In Their Own Words

November 21, 1738

Drunk Soldier Railed against Oglethorpe

William Stephens wrote in his journal of a soldier getting drunk and using inappropriate language towards both James Oglethorpe and the colony of Georgia in general:

“…In the Evening I was present at the Examination into a most notorious Offence committed by one Woodhouse, a Soldier lately come from St. Simon’s upon Furlow; who the Night before, being at a publick House in Town, and heated with Liquor, in a mixt Company, talking of the Apprehensions he was in of great Want of Provisions shortly, he used vile, opprobrious and dangerous Words against the General, and the whole Colony; which being proved upon Oath, he was committed to safe Custody till to-morrow, when it was intended to send him to the Regiment. “

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 232.