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iheohl, on a high Bluff upon the side of Savanna River, and forty Miles from Savannah. Near to this Place on a Creek of the same River, was built a Saw-Mill, which cost of the Publick Money above 1500/. Stcrl. but, like most other publick Works, is now intirely ruinous.

About Ten Miles East of Ebenezer, on a Creek three Miles from the River, was the Village of ABERCORN, in "the Year, 1733 there were ten Families settled there, and several afterwards: In the \ear 1737, Mr. John Brodie with twelve Servants settled there: But all those are gone, and it is now a Heap of Ruins.

Four Miles below Abercorn, upon the River side is Joseph's Town, which was the Settlement of some Scots Gentlemen with thirty Servants; but they have now left it, most of their Servants having died there.

A Mile below, on the River side, is the Settlement where Sir Francis Bathurst, with twelve in Family and Servants, was placed, now in Ruins, without an Inhabitant.

A Quarter of a Mile below was the Settlement of Walter Augustine, with six in Family: Within this Settlement warf another Mill erected, at the Charge of above 8001. Sterling, all now in Ruins, without an Inhabitant.

A Mile below is Landiloe, the Settlement of Mr. Robert Williams, with forty Servants, who made large Improvements there, and continued for the space of four Years planting each Season with great Industry in various shapes, still expecting (with the other Settlers) an Alteration in the Constitution; but at last having sunk a great deal of Money, he was obliged to leave it. with the Loss of above Two Thousand Pounds Sterling; and it is now uninhabited, and very much decayed. Next below that is the Five hundred Acre Tract belonging to Dr. Patrick Tailfer; which was settled, but found impracticable to proceed upon, by Reason of the Hardships and Restrictions in the Colony. Next to that is Mr. Jacob Mathews's Plantation (formerly Mr. Musgrove's) called the Cow-pen, who lived there some Time with ten Servants; but has now left it, and keeps only two or three to look after his Cattle. Adjoining to this was Mr. Cooksey's Settlement, withai we in Family; now intirely abandoned. Next to this was Capt. Watson's Plantation, with a good House, now in Ruins. All these lie upon the side of the River. And upon the East and Southward, were the Settlements of Young, Emery, Polhil and Warwick; all forsaken. Next upon the River side is the Indian Land before mentioned, separated from the foregoing Settlements by a Creek, and running all along to the Town: A little below this Creek is a Place called Irene, where Mr. John tVesly built a pretty good House for an Indian School; but he soon wearied of that Undertaking, and left it. A little below this is the Indian Town called New-Yamacra, were the Remainder of Tomo Chachi's Indians reside.

Five Miles South-West of Savannah, on a small Rise, stand.* the Village of Highgate: Twelve Families were settled here in 1733, mostly French, now reduced to Two. A Mile Eastward of this is Hampstead, where several German Families were settled in 1733, and some others since, now reduced to none.

Five Miles South-East of Savannah, is THUNDERBOLT, where there was a good Timber Fort, and three Families with twenty Servants were settled; but it is now all in Ruins and abandoned.

Four Miles South of this is the Island of Skiddoway, on the North-East Point whereof Ten Families were settled in 1733; now reduced to none.

A Creek divides Skiddoway from TYBEE Island, on the South-East Part of which, fronting the Inlet, the Light-House is built: Twelve Families were settled here in 1734, who have now forsaken H.

Twelve Miles Southward by Land from Savannah, is Mr. Houston's Plantation, kept with one Servant. And,

About Thirty Miles from that, up the River Ogeeche, was the Settlements of Messrs. Stirlings, fyc. with Twenty-five Servants: This Place, when they went there, was the Southermost Settlement in the Colony, and very *remote; so that they were obliged to build, at their own Expence and at a considerable Charge, a strong Wooden Fort for their Defence. And the said Messrs. Stirlings having resided there about three Years with the Servants, they were oblig'd to leave it after having exhausted their Fortunes to no Purpose in the Experiment.

Twenty Miles above this, on a high Bluff on the same River, stands Fort Argyle: f 'Tis a small square Wooden Fort, Musquet-Proof: Ten Families were settled here and about h; now all gone; and the Fort itself garrison'd by one Officer, one Dutch Servant, and one Woman, who were lately surprized in the Officer's Absence, by two Prisoners that broke out of the Logghouse in Savannah, and both murdered.

Near the Mouth of Vernon River, upon a kind of an Island

* This was the only Spot allow'd them to settle upon, any other Place being refused.

+ This is the Place where a Body of Horse called the Southern Rangert, under the Command of Capt. Jama Macplisrson, were station'd for Severn! Years. Tbey were pai.1 by the Government of Carolina; but hare been discharged for some Time by past.

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