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In Their Own Words

June 28, 1737

More Sickness and Death in Colonial Georgia

Thomas Causton was the bailiff of colonial Savannah, and kept the Trustees’ store (he earned the enmity of many of the colonists for his dictatorial ways). As he had two days earlier, he mentioned how prevalent fatal sickness was in the young colony:

“…The wife of George Symmes dyed of a violent Flux, which she had laboured under above a month. A Stranger from Purrisburgh coming here for his health, dyed in passage. …”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 263.