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An excerpt from:
Wooden Ships - Iron Men
by J. G. Braddock Sr.

Mr. Braddock just shared a letter from Darien Residents to Oglethorpe....hope you find some names of your ancestors sigining it.

Let us know if you we can identify them even more...

J.G. Braddock

See his book for more information about this period: Wooden Ships - Iron Men (a chronicle of four master mariners David Cutler Braddock, his son John Cutler Braddock, his father-in-law William Lyford Sr., and his brother-in-law William Lyford)

January 10, 1749 Slavery was banned in Georgia from its founding. An attempt was made in 1738-39 by some to get the ban
lifted. This attempt was met with strong enough opposition to be defeated as many made their opinions known through letters to those who governed the colony. Had the views expressed at that time by a group of Scottish settlers from around Darien been
the prevailing spirit throughout this nation during its colonial years, what grief and travail in years to come would have been averted. Colonial Records of Georgia (Excerpts of  letter to Oglethorpe):

"January 10, 1749 We are informed that our Neighbors of Savannah have petitioned your Excellency for the Liberty of having
Slaves.  We hope, and earnestly entreat, that before such Proposals are hearkened unto, your Excellency will consider our situation, and of what dangerous and bad Consequence such Liberty would be of to us.. .. . . It's shocking to human Nature,  that any Race of Mankind, and their Posterity, should be sentenced to perpetual Slavery; nor in Justice can we think otherwise of it, than they are thrown amongst us to be our Scourge one Day or another for our Sins; and as Freedom to them must be as dear as to us, what a Scene of Horror must it bring about!   And the longer it is unexecuted, the bloody Scene must be the
greater.   We therefore,  for our own sakes, our Wives and children, and our Posterity, beg your consideration, and intreat, that instead of introducing Slaves, you'll put us in the way to get some of our Countrymen,  who with their Labour in time of Peace, and our Vigilance, if we are invaded, with the help of those, will render it a difficult thing  to hurt us, or that Part of  the Province we possess.  We will forever pray for your Excellency, and are,  with all Submission, New Inverness, 3d

Your Excellency's most obliged humble Servants,  January  1739                                                                
John Mackintosh Moore
Daniel Clark, First
John Mackintosh Lynvilge                               
Alexander Clarke, Son of the above
Ranald M'Donald                                            
Donald Clark, Third, his Mark
H M Hugh Morrison's Mark
Jos. Burges his Mark
John Mc Donald                                             
Donald Clark, Second
John Macklean                                              
Archibald A M B M'Bain his Mark
John Mackintosh Son of L
Alexander Munro
John Mc Intosh                                                 
William Munro
James Mc Kay
John Cuthbert
NOTE: England removed the ban of slavery in Georgia in January, 1749 upon the receipt of a petition from several leaders of the young colony, one of which, I'm sorry to say, was my 5th great-grandfather, Captain David Cutler Braddock.

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Wooden Ships - Iron Men

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