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In Their Own Words

August 31, 1742

Fatal Sickness Recorded

Several days earlier, Georgia president William Stephens had recorded in his journal of a “common distemper” afflicting the colony. Today he recorded more of its fatal effects:

“Two more Young Children died, one of which was another of Mr. Pyes; but ‘twas hoped now, that after this sad Visitation, most of our Sick People were upon the Recovery, 10 or more being buried within this month of August… .”

Source: E. Merton Coulter (ed.), The Journal of William Stephens, 1741-1743 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1959), p. 126.