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In Their Own Words

November 24, 1736

Trustees Requested Oglethorpe to Return

In London, the Trustees were concerned over the lack of correspondence from James Oglethorpe to answer South Carolina complaints to British officials over Georgia’s regulation of the Indian trade. In order for the Trustees to petition the government for an appropriation for Georgia, the Trustees directed Oglethorpe to come back to England and help make a case for government funding of the colony, as indicated by this day’s entry in the journal of the Earl of Egmont:

“… We also drew up a letter to Mr. Oglethorpe to be written to him by Mr. Verelts as in his own name but by our order, complaining in Strong terms that he had given us no acct. of his proceedings in Georgia Since June last, tho the complaints agast. the managements in Georgia Sent by the Province of Carolina have Since that time been frequent and Strong. That the Representation from Carolina was come and presented, and refer’d to a Committee of Council, and Such paragraphs were incerted in the Newspapers, as required explanation. That for want of a regular correspondence from him & Mr. Causton, of what is doing in Georgia, we are wholly disabled from giving the Publick the Satisfaction they expect. And that we cannot carry on the Settlement of Georgia, or apply again to Parliamt. with any Success unless he come over to answer objections, and give an Account of the progress already made, and justify the application of the Sums heretofore granted.”

Source: Robert G. McPherson, 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), pp. 212-213.