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In Their Own Words

July 12, 1736

Hope for Silk Production in Georgia

The importance of silk to the success of the colony of Georgia is suggested by a letter of this day to the Trustees, as recorded by the Earl of Egmont in his journal:

“Mr. Paul Amatis wrote us there was no doubt of Succeeding in raw Silk in Georgia, in the utmost perfection as Soon as there are a Sufficient quantity of balls or Coquons, a building erected for the purpose, and Spinners enough. That Rome was not built in a day. When he first came there was not a white Mulberry tree in the Province, but he brought 40000 plants in Carolina & transplanted them thither in to the Trustees garden for a nursery. That as Mr. Oglethorp’s [sic] arrival he gave out to the Inhabitants 15000, and he had 25000 Still in the garden, the greatest part of which were to be distributed this Autumn, and he hoped in two years they would receive the fruits of their labour.”

Source: Robert G. McPherson, The Journal of The Earl of Egmont: Abstract of the Trustees Proceedings for Establishing the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1738 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1962), p. 179.