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In Their Own Words

June 26, 1737

Sickness and Death in Colonial Georgia

Thomas Causton was the bailiff of colonial Savannah, and kept the Trustees’ store (he earned the enmity of many of the colonists for his dictatorial ways). On this day he recorded in his journal of being sick, along with two women who were in much worse condition:

“…I had some appearance of a Fever on Friday last, & was this day Seized with a violent Fitt, which continued ‘ti;; next morning. One of my women Servants who lately arrived per Captain Dymond, dyed this day of a fever, which had some appearances of a Malignancy. Ambrose Morrison’s wife dyed this day; her Illnees was chiefly the Flux, which probably proceeded from a disorderly course of life, being much addicted to Drinking. …”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 263.