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In Their Own Words

September 21, 1739

Stephens Checked on Corn

William Stephens recorded in his journal about checking on his corn crop, with some good and bad news, and a comparison to farming in England:

“…Took a Walk very early this Morning, and catched the Opportunity of a few Hours to spend with my Crew, and see what Advances they had made in the Work appointed them last. We were getting in Corn now, which Jones thought would have been exceeded by nobody in Goodness, on the like Quantity of Ground: But the long, heavy Rains that fell this Summer (more than common) and often covered the low Lands with Water, bred such an Excess of Worms and Insects, as did very great Damage, more than Half not escaping; which must reduce our Measure to the same Proportion: But the highest and dry Lands have produced such a Crop for those who have taken proper Care in Cultivation, as ought to encourage them. These Accidents are not uncommon in all Countries; and in my Native of England, the Farmers in the up-land Parts seldom or never grieve, when they see their Neighbours in Vale almost drowned. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 420.