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In Their Own Words

September 07, 1738

Sickness Affected Productivity

Sickness was a continuing problem in colonial Georgia, as William Stephens noted in his journal:

“…Out of nine Servants which I had living, seven of them were lying in Fevers and Agues, or so weak (some’ of them) as to be unserviceable; which greatly distressed me, the Time of Harvest drawing near, and many Things requiring to be done preparatory to it; so that I was much at a Loss how to obviate so great an Evil …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 197.