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In Their Own Words

June 19, 1738

Rain Welcomed, Crops Still Struggled

William Stephens wrote in his journal of some welcome rain, but feared it was too late to save many of colonial Georgia’s crop for that year:

“…This Afternoon we had much Thunder &c. which was followed by a smart Shower, very refreshing and comfortable, which gave Room to hope, that a great deal of Corn, and other Things planted, which lay in a withering State, might yet produce something; though it was too Apparent that so long a Drought, and such extraordinary Heats, had exceedingly lessened the fair Prospedl there once was of a plentiful Crop; insomuch that it was computed it would fall short at least one Half of what most People reckoned. … “

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 158.