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In Their Own Words

December 09, 1737

Stephens Received Report from Augusta

William Stephens received a report from Fort Augusta on this day, and on some of the Indians in the area of the fort:

“…Mr. Lacy arrived this Day from Augusta, by whom I was informed the Fort there was in great Forwardness, and near fin ished ; he farther acquainted me, that he had lately run out a little Town near him, for the Settlement of some of the Chickasaw Indians, which he apprehended would be a great Benefit and Addition of Strength to that Part of the Province. N. B. These Indians were a vagrant Branch of the Chickasaw Nation, which was far remote, and borders on the French Settlements, with whom they were in continual War (which we have had various Ac- counts of formerly) and this small Branch had for some Time past settled in the Neighborhood of New Windsor in the Province of Carolina, where they hunted and traded ; but by some Means or other, this last Year the People of Carolina disobliged them, and they preferred rather to have a friendly Commerce with us, and to be ready in assisting us on any Occasion, under their Leader, who is known by the Name of the Squirrel King.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 46-47.