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In Their Own Words

August 20, 1772

Surviving Georgia Heat

The hot, steamy Georgia weather and frequent violent thunderstorms were often a cause for colonists’ complaints. In this letter to royal governor James Wright (then in England), Savannah merchant James Habersham tried to be as positive as possible about the situation:

“… You know that wet weather generally produces severe and too often fatal autumnal Fevers, but at present we are remarkably healthy, and if we get through the next Month and part of October, as well as we have hitherto done, we shall have great Cause of Thankfulness, and altho’ I do not suffer a little from the Heat, I have better Health, than I had from Xmas almost to the End of May, and am at present tolerably well… .”

Source: Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, Vol. VI, The Letters of the Hon. James Habersham, 1756-1775 (Savannah, Georgia Historical Society, 1904), p. 203.