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In Their Own Words

June 13, 1737

Death Recorded in Journal

Thomas Causton’s journal entry for this day vividly illustrates the lack of adequate medical care in early colonial Georgia:

“13 June: … Mr Bradley’s wife having sometime Since miscarried, & since that fell into the Jaundice, dyed [sic] this Evening. Her latter complaints were violent pains in her Stomach, attending with an intermitting fever; her pains Seemed to be eased by vomiting, & she was judged by the Doctor to be out of Danger 2 hours before She dyed [sic]… .”

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), p. 253.