From the Journal of Rev. Mr. Bolzins, of the Salzburgers of New Ebenezer

By appointment, Monday, the 13th of May, was observed by the congregation as a season of thanksgiving. Depending entirely upon the charity of the trustees for supplies of all sorts, and having but few mechanics among them, these Salzburgers labored under many disadvantages in building their little town in the depths of the woods, and in surrounding themselves with fields and gardens.

Patient of toil, however, and accustomed to labor, they cut and delved away day by day, rejoicing in their freedom, blessing the Giver of all good for his mercies, and observing the rules of honesty, morality, and piety, for which their sect had so long been distinguished. Communication with Savannah was maintained by way of Abercorn, to which place supplies were transported by water. Early in 1735 the settlement was strengthened and encouraged by the arrival of fifty-seven persons. They were Salzburgers all, and had been sent over by the trustees in the ship Prince of Wales.

Among the new-comers were several mechanics, whose industry and skill were at once applied to hewing timber, splitting shingles, and sawing boards to the improvement and multiplication of the dwellings in Ebenezer. A large wooden tent was erected for church purposes, and therein dwelt the ministers. Here, in the wilds of Georgia, far from the influence of civilization, and upon the borders of an Indian tribe, was springing up a thrifty town peopled by a Christian community acknowledging the pure doctrines of the gospel, and worshiping with all the simplicity and sincerity which characterized the early ages of the church.

Entry from "The History of Georgia," By Charles Colcock Jones, Published 1883 by Houghton, Mifflin and Co., Original from the University of California
v.1, Digitized Jun 6, 2007 for Google Books. p. 170.

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