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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Public Relief

During the years of 1741 to 1751 there were many persons who went on "public relief".  Of course, that meant that another burden was placed upon Savannah residents to support the sufferers.  However, everyone did not have a legitimate case. Such was the instance of John Brown, an indigent who applied for relief. The comment entered was "inasmuch as the said Browne is not to be trusted with money to purchase the necessaries of life; but squanders away what he gets in debauchery; it is thought expedient by this Board that an allowance of a two pound loaf of bread daily be given him in specie towards the support of himself and wife..." 13 September 1743. As he was continually before the Board,Browne was later supplied clothing, as well as specie.  Source: Colonial Georgians by Jeannette Holland Austin available to members of Georgia Pioneers, Colonial category

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