The Journal of William Stephens, 1741—1743
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The Journal of William Stephens, 1741—1743

Edited by E. Merton Coulter

Title Details

Pages: 296

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 09/01/2017

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5349-4

List Price: $29.95


Pub Date: 09/01/2017

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5348-7

List Price: $93.95

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The Journal of William Stephens, 1741—1743

Edited by E. Merton Coulter

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  • Description

William Stephens was Secretary of the Province of Georgia from 1737 to 1750 and was President from 1741 for ten years. He was sent to America by the Trustees of Georgia, who resided in London, to keep them informed on conditions in the colony. Besides writing numerous letters to the Trustees, Stephens kept a journal which he sent to them periodically. The journal down to 1741 was printed by the Trustees. Here in this volume (and the volume for 1743–1745) the continuation of the journal is published for the first time.

Through his journal Stephens undertook to inform the Trustees of everything which happened in Georgia, from the most trivial to the most important. This close-up view of Georgia, the details of the everyday life of the people, and the record of significant development in the colony all make his journal a valuable document in American colonial history.

About the Author/Editor

E. MERTON COULTER came to the University of Georgia as an associate professor in 1919; he was named an emeritus professor of history in 1958 and continued to work on campus until his death in 1981. During his career, he wrote or edited more than thirty books and his contributions to periodicals were extensive. Coulter was coeditor of the ten–volume History of the South and author of two of the volumes in the series; he also served as editor of the Georgia Historical Quarterly for fifty years.