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TNthe Year 1741, there was Printed and Published by P. T. * in Charles-Town in South-Carolina, for the Authors P.
T r, M. D. H. A n, M. A. D. D s, and Others,
Land—holders in Georgia, (at that Time in Charles-Town) a Pamphlet entituled, A True and Historical Narrative of the Colony of Georgia in America, &c. Dedicated to his Excellency, James Oglethorpe, Esq; General and Commander-in-Chief of his Majesty's Forces in South—Carolina and Georgia, fyc. The Dedication seems a very just Introduction to such a Narrative, and both the one and the other, the real Offspring of such factious and turbulent Authors; being a mean low-emitted Sneer, a malicious ill-natured Invective, against that honorable Gentleman, wherein the Authors, without any regard to Good Manners or Common Civility, treat his Excellency (as it were to his Face) with such Rudeness as ill becomes any Person to use even to an Inferior : However, I cannot say but a very ft Prelude to such an inconsistent, spiteful, false Narrative, as is subjoined to the Dedication; a Narrative founded in Lies and Misrepresentations, projected and published by a few Persons of no Estate, and as little Character, Persons sour'd in their Tempers, because not humour'd in their endeavours of subverting, or at least altering, the Con.titution of a new settled Colony, even in it's Infancy, and before any great Experiment was made of Advancing and improving it; Persons, who were -under a necessity of Banishing themselves from a Colony, where, for their seditious and rebellious Practices, and turbulent restless Spirits, they were every day in danger of being calVd to Account, as stirrers up of Discontent, and as Incendiaries against the Peace of the Government; Persons who had shared deeply in his Excellency's Favours, and therefore guilty of the most monstrous Sin in nature, viz. Ingratitude ; for Si ingratum dixeris, Omnia. In short, they are Persons to whom do most justly belong the Character given by the Right Honourable Sir William Young, tn a Debate concerning the Printer of a seditious Paper, "that "they are Men whose daily Employment has been, for some "time, to misrepresent the Publick Measures. to disperse Scan"dal, and excite Rebellion; who have industriously propa"gated every Murmur of Discontent, and preserved every "Whisper of Malevolence from perishing in the Birth."— Gent. Mag. Supplement to 1741, p. 682. B.
These are the mighty Authors and Publishers of the Scurrilious Narrative! the Design of which seems to be pointed chiefly towards obstructing the Peopling, and further Settling, the Colony of Georgia, and sullying the Character and Administration of a Gentleman, who may (without Flattery or Falshood) be justly termed the Romulus, Father, and Founder of Georgia; a Gentleman who, without any Views but that of enlarging his Majesty's Dominions, propagating the Protestant Religion, promoting the Trade of his Country, and providing for the Wants and Necessities of indigent Christians, has voluntarily banished, himself from the Pleasures of a Court and exposed himself to the repeated Dangers of the vast Atlantic Ocean, in several perillous' and tedious Voyages; instead of allowing himself the Satisfaction, which a plentiful Fortune, powerful Friends, and great Merit, entitle him to in England, he has inured himself to the greatest Hardships, that any the meanest Inhabitant of this new Colony could be exposed to; his Diet has been mouldy Bread, or boiled Rice instead of Bread, Salt Beef Pork, fyc. his Drink has been Water, his Bed the damp Earth, without any other Covering than the Canopy of Heaven to shelter him; and all this to set an Example to this new Colony, how they might bear with such Hardships in their new Settlements. ,
His Conduct in War, falls nothing short of his Prudence in private Life, and Policy in Publick Stations, however the same might have been misrepresented to the World, with respect to the Miscarriage before St. Augustine, the true Causes of which are justly to be laid at the Door of Two Sorts of Men, concerned in that Expedition; first those under a Command different from the General, upon whose Assistance the Success oj that Erpedition chifly depended, but who entirely left him when their Asssitance was most wanted. The Second Sort were those Out-Guards, who were to give the Alarm to the Main—Guard, when the Spaniards advanced; but, who, instead of firing their Pieces, and giving the Alarm, flung down their Arms and ran away; by which Means, the Slaughter of the Men at Musa happened: And yet, Ill-Nature will lay the Blame of all to his Excellency, when indeed the Miscarriage was occasioned by either Neglect of, or Disobedience to, the Military Orders that his Excellency had given; or by not being supported by those under a different Command, on whom he chifly depended for Success of that Attack; but (to his Ecccllency's great Surprize) instead of sending their Boats and Men ashore, according to a Result of a Council of War, held on board one of his Majesty's Ships, to assist in order to destroy the Six Gallies, wherein the Spaniards greatest Safe-guard lay, and which continually fired from under the Walls over the River, on the Land Forces, hoisted their Sails and went away, without giving the least Notice of their Departure, by which Means the Gar