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God Willing and the creek don't rise
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Can you tell me the origin of the phrase 'God willing and the creek don't rise'

Joel Waite

Joel

Benjamin Hawkins, and the phrase would be correctly written as 'God willing and the Creek don't rise'. If the Creek "rose", Hawkins would have to be present to quell the rebellion. Hawkins, college-educated and a well-written man would never have made a grammatical error by not capitalizing the word "Creek", which is a reference to the Creek Indians. I have examined digital copies of texts written by Hawkins and he never refers to the Creek Indians as "the creek."

Hawkins wrote the words in response to a request from President Thomas Jefferson to return to Washington D. C.. I believe that the phrase is somewhere in Hawkins preserved writings at the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah.


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