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In Their Own Words

October 02, 1738

Weather Played Havoc with Crops

The year 1738 saw a severe drought in colonial during the summer, then the opposite - too much rain - in the fall, as noted in the journal of William Stephens:

“…The wet Weather, which had now continued a long While this later Season, was grown as Grievous as the great Drought in the former Part of the Year, to a great many People, who had any Thing to do with Harvest; and this Day more particularly, such a heavy Rain fell, as the Like had hardly been seen the whole Year; which shut up all at their own Home, and nothing was to be observed Abroad.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 208.