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In Their Own Words

November 28, 1734

Difficulty Educating in Cold Weather

From Old Ebenezer, Salzburger pastor Johann Martin Boltzius recorded in his journal the difficulties of educating children in cold weather:

“Because the cold weather remained, we were again forced to hold school in the house of a Salzburger where we could have a fire. There was much smoke and other inconvenience, but one much choose the lesser of two evils. Our benefactors would do a very useful good deed if they were to have a tight house built for us in which the schoolroom could be heated during the winter. I have written to Mr. Oglethorpe regard a church and a school, but this aspect of it did not occur to me. Perhaps our dear fathers and friends will make the request for us at the right place after reading this. The cold is so severe that we can hardly find protection either by day or by night. This is the case because we were not prepared for a rough winter. Nothing was said about it, quite the contrary… .”

Source: George Fenwick Jones, Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America … Edited by Samuel Urlsperger, Vol. 2 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969), p. 25.