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In Their Own Words

November 15, 1739

Early Winter Arrival Recorded in Journal

William Stephens wrote of an early - and welcome - winter, and how Georgia colonists were learning where different plants grew better:

“…After so wet a Summer, the Air was so thin and purified, that our Winter began earlier than common, with sharp Frosts for some Days past; which made it very delightful, and probably would conduce much to the Health of the People: But it behoved such as were nursing up Vines, and Oranges, &c. to take good Care of those especially which were young and tender: And it was now Evident from Experience, that all such Kinds of Plants thrived the better, the nearer they grew to the Sea, where the Frost is less severe.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 453-454.