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The Persons sent on
the Charity this'
Those in the for-.
mer Year were The number of Persons sent in the
two Years to the
9 June 1734 were
The Lands Granted in Trust this Year in order to be Granted out in smaller Portions in Georgia were Eight Thousand and One Hundred Acres.
The Lands Granted this Year to Persons going at their own Expence were Five Thousand Seven Hundred and Twenty five Acres.
The Money received this Year pursuant to Act of Parliament was £.10,000 and from private Persons 1502/. 19s. 3d. whereof the Trustees applied 6863/. 0s: lOd. of which they exhibited an Account to the Lord Chancellor and Master of the Rolls, pursuant to their Charter, and carried the Remainder into their succeeding Accompt.
From the 9th June 1734, to the 9th June 1735
1N the Month of June 1734, Mr. Oglethorpe arrived from the -"Colony, and with him came some of the principal Indians of the Lower Creek Nation who live nearest to Savannah.
When these Indians were in England, they desired of the Trustees that the Measures, Prices and Qualities of all Goods to be Purchased by them with their Deer-skins, might be settled, as likewise the Weights; that nobody might" be allowed to Trade with the Indians in Georgia without a Licence from the Trustees, in order that if they were in any respect Injured or Defrauded by the Traders, they might know were to Complain; and they further desired there might be but one Storehouse in each Indian Town for supplying them with the Goods they might want to Purchase, from whence the Trader should be obliged to supply them at the first Prices.
The Reason which the Indians gave for this Application, was. because the Traders with them had often in an Arbitrary Manner raised the Prices of Goods, and defrauded them in the Weights and Measures, and by their Impositions had often created Animosities between the English and Indians, which had frequently ended in Wars between them prejudicial to both.
The Trustees having considered of their Request, and being
informed that the Council and Assembly of Carolina had passed an Act the 20th August. 1131-, entituled, An Act for the better Regulation of the Indian Trade, and for appointing a Commissioner for that purpose with Regulations, which the Trustees hoped might be effectual in Georgia, prepared an Act, entituled. An Act for Maintaining the Peace with the Indians in the Province of Georgia, with the same Regulations and provisions as were in the Carolina Act; which Act ceased to be in Force in Georgia since it was erected into a Distinct Independent Province not subject to the Laws of Carolina.
The Trustees receiving frequent Informations from the Colony of the pernicious Effects of Drinking Rum and other Spirituous Liquors, by not only creating Disorders amongst the Indians (who had been plentifully supplied with it by the Traders) but also Destroying many of the English, and throwing the People into various Distempers, prepared an Act, entituled, An Act to prevent the Importation and Use of Rum and Brandies in the Province of Georgia, or any kind of Spirits or Strong Waters Whatsoever. At the same time they endeavoured to supply the Stores with Strong Beer from England, MollassBs for Brewing Beer, and with Madeira Wines, which the People might purchase at reasonable Rates, and which would be more refreshing and wholesome for them. The Magistrates of the Town of Savannah were likewise impowered to grant Licences to private Persons for Retailing Beer, Ale, fyc. And the Trustees have great Reason to believe that the remarkable Healthiness of Ebenezer in the Nothern Part, and Fred-erica in the Southern Part of Geor
fia,\s very much owing to the Prohibition of the Use of Rum: or in those Part where Rum in defiance of the Act has been introduced, the People have not in general been so Healthy and Vigorous.
At the same Time the Trustees taking into Consideration the many Inconveniencies which would attend the Introduction of Negroes in a Frontier, for the several Reasons before specified, prepared an Act for rendering the Colony of Georgia more Defensible by prohibiting the Importation and Use of Black Slaves or Negroes into the same.
These Three Acts were laid before the King in Council in the Month of January 1734, and after a Report from the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations to the Committee of Council, that they were proper to receive his Majesty's Royal Approbation, they were Ratified by his Majesty in Council.
Tho' the Lands Granted by the Trustees were to Revert to them on failure of Issue Male, in order to be re-chanted for keeping up a number of Men ; yet the Trustees as Guardians of the People when any such Failure happened, resolved that the value