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In Their Own Words

December 27, 1738

Trustees Met Whitefield

In London, this day’s meeting of the Georgia Trustees focused on Anglican minister George Whitefield, as recorded in the diary of the Earl of Egmont:

“A commission was sealed by us as Trustees to the Revd. Mr. Whitfield to collect money for erecting an orphan house at Savannah and a church at Ebenezer. At which time (he attending the Board) we acquainted him that we had agreed to his proposals, which were the condition on which he offered to return and be our missioner or stated minister at Savannah. We also drew up an address from the Trustees to the Bishop of London that he would be pleased to give him a letter to the Bishop of Gloucester, who was shortly to make an ordination at Oxford, to desire he would ordain him [Whitefield] priest, he being at present only deacon. We also desired Mr. Whitfeild to let us know what sum he should have collected in virtue of our deputation to him, because we should thereby be judges what further would be necessary for us to contribute to at Ebenezer. Furthermore, at his desire, we promised that a lot of five acres should be laid out peculiar for the minister of Savannah. He went away thoroughly satisfied.”

Source: U.K. Historical Manuscripts Commission, Diary of the First Earl of Egmont (London: His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1923), Vol. II, p. 516.