Thomas Stephens notebooks

Thomas Stephens notebooks

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Stephens, Thomas, agent for the people of Georgia
Title: Thomas Stephens notebooks
Dates: circa 1736-1742
Quantity: 0.25 Linear feet (8 volumes in 7 folders)
Coll. Number: ms46

Biographical/Historical Note

In 1742, Thomas Stephens (son of Georgia Trustee William Stephens) representing the Malcontents and other disaffected settlers from London, published a pamphlet entitled The Hard Case of the Distressed People of Georgia. The Malcontents believed that Georgia could not prosper without slavery and, in 1750, the Trustees passed a law allowing slavery.

For additional information see: William Stephens, New Georgia Encyclopedia,

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of eight small manuscript notebooks attributed to Thomas Stephens; however, the author is unknown. The entries are undated, but were kept during the early years of Georgia's settlement. The writings document the arguments made by the Malcontents against the Georgia Trustees' administration of the colony. Notebooks contain handwritten entries, in pencil with ink overlaid, regarding tariff, slavery, voyages, rum, and the condition of Georgia.

Index Terms

African Americans--Southern States--History.
Georgia--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Oglethorpe, James Edward, 1696-1785
Stephens, William, 1671-1753
Trustees for Establishing the Colony of Georgia in America.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Thomas Stephens notebooks, ms46, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing