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In Their Own Words

April 25, 1803

Drinking Away the Measles?

In his journal, Reuben King recorded how he managed his case of measles:

“Monday 25 I was very sick had a violent fever Drank pelenty of Brandy to drive out the Measles which had the desired effect towards evening I was broke out considerable thick”

Source: Virginia Steele Wood and Ralph Van Wood, ed. The Reuben King Journal, 1800-1806. Savannah, Georgia, The Georgia Historical Society, 1971, p. 64.