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TAILFER, Patrick, colonist, lived in the 18th century. He was a physician and emigrated to the new colony of Georgia, but became dissatisfied with the conduct of affairs there, and in September, 1740, left the province and went to Charleston, South Carolina Here, with Hugh Anderson, David Douglass, and others, he printed " A True and Historical Narrative of the Colony of Georgia in America from the first Settlement thereof until the Present Period" (Charles-Town, 1741 ; reprinted, London, 1741). In this he accuses General James Oglethorpe of selfishness, greed, and despotism. Professor Moses Colt Tyler says : " As a polemic it is one of the most expert pieces of writing to be met with in our early literature. It never blusters or scolds. It is always cool, poised, polite, and merciless." But many authorities call it spiteful and scurrilous, and speak of Tailfer as " chief of a club of malcontents."
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