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In Their Own Words

April 25, 1738

Struggle to Grow Profitable Crop Noted

William Stephens wrote in his journal about the struggle he (and many other colonists) had in finding a profitable crop, yet his determination to keep trying:

“…A Day of Leisure, which gave me Oppor- 25, tunity to divert myself awhile in the Garden, which was now in good Order, and all Things in it had a good Appearance; but the Frost we had so severe in March, cut off all the young Orange Trees again, and made it necessary to apply the Pruning-Knife almost home to the Ground, from whence they all once more put forth strong and promising Shoots: The Vines likewise had somewhat suffered; but were now in a thriving Way: The Mulberries now also produced Plenty of Leaves, and though the unkindness of the Spring had kept them back, which was a little destructive to the earliest Silk Worms, there was yet a Stock of Worms, and Store of Food for them come at last sufficient to give us Expectation of seeing something in the Silk-Affair done this Year worth regarding. Planting continued to go forward in the Country with uncommon Diligence on all Sides… “

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 134-135.