James Edward Oglethorpe Quotes

Georgia would become an oppressive regime, promoting the misery of thousands in Africa by permitting a free people to be sold into perpetual Slavery.

 
Context
No sooner had Georgia Banned slavery, then some of the large planters petitioned the trustees for a reversal of the ban on the grounds that South Carolina, their neighboring colony allowed planters to use slaves and this put the Georgia planters at a major competitive disadvantage. Oglethorpe won the battle but later lost the war as the ban was overturned and Georgia became one of the worst slave states. What is interesting about this quotation is that in addition to his pragmatic reasons for banning slavery, he was morally offended but the notion and method of chattel slavery and the slave trade. See Quotes 643524 and 643525.
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James Edward Oglethorpe Letter to the Trustees of the Georgia Colony 1739

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James Edward Oglethorpe
James Edward Oglethorpe
  • Born: December 22, 1696
  • Died: June 30, 1785
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Oglethorpe and the first colonists arrived at South Carolina on the ship Anne in late 1732, and settled near the present site of Savannah, Georgia on 1 February 1733. He negotiated with the Yamacraw tribe for land, and built a series of defensive forts, most notably Fort Frederica, of which substantial remains can still be visited. He then returned to England and arranged to have slavery banned in Georgia after being emotionally moved by an intercepted letter from Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, a slave in Maryland. (For more on the story of Oglethorpe's involvement, see Ayuba Suleiman Diallo's Wikipedia page.) Oglethorpe and his fellow trustees were granted a royal charter for the Province of Georgia between the Savannah and Altamaha rivers on 9 June 1732.

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