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In Their Own Words

November 23, 1739

No One to Go into Woods Unarmed

James Oglethorpe (the General) ordered that no one was to go into the woods unarmed, for fear of Indians allied with the Spanish - as recorded by William Stephens in his journal:

“…As the greatest Danger we imagine ourselves exposed to in this Colony, may be from such Indians as are in the Spanish Interest; whom it is pretty hard to distinguish from our Friends, in Case they straggle far Northward; though our neighbouring Indians know them well: The General’s Orders to me in Yesterday’s Packet, were to give out in Orders here, that no Person should presume to go into the Woods in these Parts without arms, at their own Peril; which I took Care to publish accordingly.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 458.