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In Their Own Words

June 27, 1739

Bad Weather and Sickness in Colonial Georgia

This day’s entry in the journal of William Stephens mentioned two problems often faced by colonial Georgians - bad weather and sickness:

“…Little to be done in Town; wherefore I took Occasion to look again into what my few Hands were doingat my Plantation; which I found drenched with Water by the heavy Rains, which had fallen for so long a while past, and did not yet cease in frequent Showers; but we hoped yet upon Change of Weather, to find the Corn recover. Fevers began now to grow rife, occasioned by a thick, unwholesome Air, and sultry Heat; but they did not yet prove very mortal: Only Mr. Bradley lay dangerously ill, in one that he brought home with him.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 363.