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Extract of a Letter from Mr. Thomas Jones, at Savannah, in
Georgia, to the Trustees' Accomptant, dated July 1, 1741.
The trustees' German servants in general behave well, and are industrious : of these, eight or ten families are more remarkably so, and have this last year purchased a good stock of cattle, some having six cows, the least two; and each having a garden, where they raise some corn, peas, pumpkins, potatoes, &c., which with the milk of their cows is the chief part of their food: they are at little expense in clothing ; but this exposes them to the envy and hatred of our negro-mongers, and such who seek the extirpation of the colony, as well as of the drunken, idle sort amongst us.
I am informed by Francis Harris, and William Russell, (who are very coversant with them, and can talk the German tongue,) that they have lately joined, in a letter writ and sent to their friends and acquaintance in Germany, persuading them to come to Georgia, where they may, by their industry, live in greater plenty, and more comfortably than they can elsewhere.
These servants are very desirous, that (when the time of their service is expired) they may have lands allotted them within twelve or fifteen miles of Savannah, where they may bring things by land-carriage in a vicinage, and that they may make one common fence (as the people of Ebenezer have done) and be assisting to one another.
The Copy of a Letter from the Reverend Mr. Frederick Michael Ziegenhagen, German Chaplain to his Majesty, dated at Kensington, January 11, 1741-2, and sent to the Trustees for establishing the Colony of Georgia in Amea rica.
GENTLEMEN, -Having seen paragraphs in print representing the Saltzburgers as being uneasy with their settlement at Ebenezer in Georgia, and desirous to remove therefrom ; and fearing such reports (if credited) might give just offence to your honors their guardians, as well as to their benefactors in Germany, and thereby deprive them from having yours and their favors continued.
I thought it my indispensable duty to acquaint your honors, that by all the letters and journals I have received since their settlement at New Ebenezer, they have expressed quite different sentiments; and not to trouble you with many particulars, I beg leave herewith to enclose you two extracts of the latest accounts I received from them in November last.
Extract of a Letter from the Reverend Mr. Boltzius at Eben
ezer, dated the 23d of July, 1741, to the Reverend Dr. ! Francke, Professor of Divinity at Hall.
“Together with these spiritual blessings, and the salutary effect of the Word of God to the conversion of many souls, we enjoy also this year, by the mercy of God, many temporal good things.
“ The present war, and the burden of it, has not affected us yet, and we do not feel the least of it; and in the great dearness the colony suffered last year, we have not been in want of necessary provisions. As to the present year, we have a very hopeful prospect of a good harvest, every thing in the fields and gardens growing so delightful, as our eyes hardly have seen in this country before. * If Isaac, by the blessing of the Lord, received from what he had sowed, an hundred fold, I believe I dare say, to the praise of the great mercy of God over us, our Saltzburgers will get thousand fold, notwithstanding that the corn, when it came out of the ground, was eaten quite up two or three times by the worms, of which nobody can hardly form a right idea, except he sees it with his own eyes. Wheat, rice, and other grain, must be sowed very thin, because each grain brings forth fifty, an hundred, or more stalks and ears. The land is really very fruitful, if the sins of the inhabitants, and the curse of God for such sins, does not eat it up, which was formerly the unhappy case of the blessed land of Canaan.
“And I am heartily sorry to acquaint you, that I do not find in some of the inhabitants of the colony, a due thankfulness for, and contentment with the many benefits bestowed on them for several years together; although those who are industrious, and will labor for their maintenance, may, as we
* Gen. xxvi. 12.
do, live contentedly, and subsist under the blessing of God, promised by St. Paul, Heb. xii. 5 : I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Which blessing the idle and unthankful are not entitled to.”
Extract out of the Journal of Mr. Boltzius, Minister of the
Gospel in Georgia.
“The 10th of August, 1741. We have this year plenty of peaches, and as this fruit does not keep, some of our people try to make a certain sort of brandy of them ; others give them to the swine. This is more than any body could have promised to himself, or others, some years ago. Even at this time, when I am writing this, a man brings a large dish of blue grapes to me, grown wild in the woods; they are of a sweet taste, and pretty like our European grapes ; that I am very apt to believe, the wild vine trees, if properly managed, would give good wine. Thanks to our gracious God, who gives us here every good thing for our support.
“The 9th of September, 1741. Some time ago I wrote to an honored friend in Europe, that the land in this country, if well managed and labored, brings forth, by the blessings of God, not only hundred fold, but thousand fold; and I this day was confirmed therein. A woman having two years ago picked out of Indian corn, bought at Purysburg, no more than three grains of rye (called here German corn) and planting them here, at Ebenezer, one of these grains produced an hundred and seventy stalks and ears, and the three grains yielded to her a bag of corn as large as a coat pocket, the grains whereof were good and full grown; and she desired me to send part of them to a kind benefactor in Europe. One of our Saltzburgers brought to me, also, a like bag of beans, all grown out of one bean.
“True it is, notwithstanding the fertility of the land, the first tillagers of it must undergo and struggle with great difficulties; but them that come after them will reap the beneht thereof, if they go on to do their labor in the fear of God.
“The land is able to provide every good thing, and more particularly is pasturage very plenteous.”