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In Their Own Words

June 02, 1737

Food Shortage Described

Thomas Causton was keeper of the public store in Savannah. His journal entry for this date clearly shows the effects of a crop failure and overall food shortage:

“2 June: Mr. Bradley came to ask for Corn, Pease [sic], & Rice, complaining that this was the 7th day that his Horses, Hogs, poultry, & Dogs had no victuals; I told him I had none in the Stores, & I perceived there would be great Difficulties in getting any; after a good deal of discontented talk; he said, he would e’en go & kill a Sow to feed his Dogs… .”

Source: [no author or editor cited] Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (The Beehive Press, Savannah, 1974), pp. 247-248.