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In Their Own Words

November 25, 1739

Difficulty of Sending Mail Noted

William Stephens’s journal entry for this day showed the difficulty of sending mail from colonial Georgia:

“…It was with great Uneasiness I waited to send off the General’s Packet to the Trust, with other Letters, which have been ever since Thursday last in my Custody; and not doubting but they were of the greatest Importance, I feared the Blame would fall on me for such a Delay; for which Reason I had several Times applied to Mr. Jones (who had all Boats and Servants at his Command here) to assist me in sending away that Packet; but he still put me off, in telling me there was no Boat or Hands to spare; for that they were all employed in the Service, some one Way, and some another: But had the General sent his Packet to him, I well knew he would have shewn his Diligence, and lost no Time in it; though he was in no Care what Reflexions might fall on me.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 458-459.