In Their Own Words
April 25, 1803
Drinking Away the Measles?
In his journal, Reuben King recorded how he managed his case of measles:
“Monday 25 I was very sick had a violent fever Drank pelenty of Brandy to drive out the Measles which had the desired effect towards evening I was broke out considerable thick”
Source: Virginia Steele Wood and Ralph Van Wood, ed. The Reuben King Journal, 1800-1806. Savannah, Georgia, The Georgia Historical Society, 1971, p. 64.