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In Their Own Words

November 26, 1732

Sad Day on First Colonists’ Voyage

Five days earlier, Peter Gordon had recorded a happy day in the voyage of the first Georgia colonists (see entry), but on this day he recorded a sad occurrence:

“…about six in the morning Mr. Canons child about eight months old was found dead in the bed, and the same day about five oclock the child was putt in a wooden box, and buried in the sea, Doctor Herbert performing the prayers…”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 8.