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In Their Own Words

June 23, 1742

Heat and Rain in Colonial Georgia

As was frequently the case, the weather proved troublesome for the Georgia colonists on this day, as William Stephens recorded in his journal:

“June 23, Wednesday. What I found only to take notice of at this time, was the excessive heat, and uncommon Showers of Rain, which interchangeably took place during the whole day, to such a degree, that ‘twas expected great floods would soon be heard of, the River Savannah being already brimfull [sic]… .”

Source: E. Merton Coulter (ed.), The Journal of William Stephens, 1741-1743 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1959), p. 98.