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In Their Own Words

November 28, 1732

Safety Measure on First Colonists’ Voyage

Peter Gordon kept a journal of the first Georgia colonists’ voyage to Georgia; on this day he pointed out measures taken to protect their moral and physical safety:

“…take particular care that no cursing, swearing, or any other indeceny’s should be comitted. And to prevent danger of fire, by having candles between decks in the night, Mr. Kilbery was appoynted Corporall, and to see that all the candles between decks were putt out ever’y night at eight oclock. …”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), pp. 8-9.