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In Their Own Words

April 29, 1742

Heat Affected Colonists

Many of the Georgia colonists were unprepared for the stifling heat they would face, as evidenced by the following entry from William Stephens’ journal in 1742:

“April 29, Thursday. The Heats were now come on so violent and uncommon at this Season that every body was glad to take Shelter during the middle of the day.”

Source: E. Merton Coulter (ed.), The Journal of William Stephens, 1741-1743 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1959), p. 71.