SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2014
COLONIAL GEORGIA INQUIRER
MURDER IN THE BEDROOM
White, an Irish convict, and Alice Riley killed Mr. Wise, a very sick man. Alice, responsible for nursing Wise back to health, let White strangle him the bedridden old man. Then Alice dunked his head repeatedly in a bucket of water. For this deed Alice Riley has the dubious honor of being the first person in Georgia to die on the gallows, January 19th, 1735. White broke out of jail and got away from ten men. Later he was captured and swung from the gallows on January 20th.
REWRITE THE HISTORY BOOKS
The first response I get from people who find I’m writing about colonial Georgia is the colony was founded by prisoners. There’s only one problem with that statement. It isn’t true!
Yes, the original plans of the Trustees financing the Georgia colony focused on those imprisoned for bad debts. As the charter unfolded it included any unfortunate Englishmen or non-English protestants. Few, if any, debtors came to Georgia. Several colonists paid their own way and as a result they got larger land allotments. Many of the colonists brought their own servants with them.
My person responses to Murder in the Bedroom: I reckon they weren’t familiar with the Joshua’s farewell message where he reminded them to make the right choices or be ready to receive the dire consequences. As for me and my house we will serve the Lord,” he said.
The good thing about making choices is that if we make a bad one, and who hasn’t, we don’t have to live with it forever. We can admit our error and change courses by making a right choice.