Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838- 1839

By Frances Anne Kemble; John A. Scott | Go to book overview

XXXII
A Fatal Encounter

[ April 14,1839]

My dear E[lizabeth],

That horrid tragedy with which we have been threatened, and of which I was writing to you almost jestingly a few days ago, has been accomplished, and apparently without exciting anything but the most passing and superficial sensation in this community. The duel between Dr. H[azzard] and Mr. W[ylly] did not take place, but an accidental encounter in the hotel at Brunswick did, and the former shot the latter dead on the spot. He has been brought home and buried here by the little church close to his mother's plantation; and the murderer, if he is even prosecuted, runs no risk of finding a jury in the whole length and breadth of Georgia who could convict him of anything. It is horrible.1

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The following account of the affray is taken from the Brunswick Advocate, December 6, 1838:

MELANCHOLY OCCURRENCE

It is with pain we lay before our readers an account of a fatal affray, which took place in this city on Monday last, between Mr. John A. Wylly and Dr. Thomas F. Hazzard, both of this county, which resulted in the death of the former. Most of our readers in this section are no doubt aware that a dispute has existed between these two gentlemen for some time past. It appears, however, that Dr. H[azzard] had recently addressed a letter to the mother of the deceased which was the immediate cause of the attack. They met on the piazza of the Oglethorpe House, and after exchanging a few words, Mr. W[ylly] struck Dr. H[azzard] with a cane. Judge [Charles S.] Henry, who was here holding a term of the Superior Court, and Col. [Henry] DuBignon happening to be present, immediately interfered and succeeded in separating them. A short time after, Mr. W[ylly] again met Dr. H[azzard] in the entry of the house and spat in his face, when the latter drew a pistol and fired, the ball of which passed directly through Mr. W[ylly]'s heart. He reeled a moment, at the same time striking at the doctor with his cane, then fell and expired instantly.

The case, as was natural, excited a great deal of local discussion, a lot of which Fanny must have heard and participated in during her visits to neighboring homes, especially as she was on St. Simons Island as the time set for the trial--the April term of the Superior Court--drew near. For a further discussion of this incident and of its place in the Journal, see Margaret Davis Cate: "Mistakes in Fanny Kemble's Georgia Journal," Georgia Historical Quarterly, XLIV ( March, 1960), 6-17, and the Editor's Introduction, pages lv- lvii.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • General Table of Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Editor's Introduction ix
  • Title Page lxiii
  • Preface lxvii
  • Contents lxix
  • From Philadelphia To Georgia. December 1838 1
  • I - Thoughts on Slavery 3
  • II- Maryland, Virginia, And North Carolina 12
  • III - Charleston And the Sea-Island Coast 32
  • Butler Island. December 30, 1838- February 16, 1839 51
  • IV - Exploring Butler Island 53
  • V - Further Explorations 74
  • VI- Observations Upon Mr. Butler's Slaves 89
  • VII - Roswell King, Jr. 106
  • VIII - Sinda 115
  • IX- Slave Settlements 120
  • X - Psyche 132
  • XI - Shadrach's Death and Funeral 141
  • XIII - Three Days of Plantation Life 158
  • XIV - Visitors 172
  • XV - The Pine Barrens 179
  • XVI - The Move to St. Simons Island 187
  • St. Simons Island. February 16- April 19, 1839 197
  • XVII - Hampton Point 199
  • XVIII - A Furious Wind and Sea 205
  • XIX - Women in Slavery 214
  • XX - Sally, Auber, and Judy 232
  • XXI - No Trace of Pity 240
  • XXII - Visitors and Petitioners 243
  • XXIII - Visits to the Old and Sick 254
  • XXIV 259
  • XXV - Rides and Visits 265
  • XXVI - Broughton Island And Hamilton Estate 278
  • XXVII - A Planter Feud 290
  • XXVIII - Rides and Visits 297
  • XXIX - Christ Church 307
  • XXX - Rides and Visits 316
  • XXXI - A Conversation With John Couper 321
  • XXXII - A Fatal Encounter 325
  • XXXIII - The Wreck of the Pulaski 330
  • Appendixes 345
  • Editor's Appendixes 385
  • Index 417
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