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.