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In Their Own Words

March 29, 1734

Weather Change and Gnats

Johann Martin Boltzius was the religious leader of the Salzburgers who emigrated to Georgia in 1734; he kept a journal of their settlement. On this day he recorded two things the colonists would come to know well - sudden changes in weather, and pests:

“…Yesterday and to-day we had cold Weather, which is very surprising to us, because the Weather hath for some time been rather too hot: This cold Weather is a Blessing of God; since the Vermin and little Flies, which incommoded us much, have been destroyed thereby.”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 67.