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In Their Own Words

July 27, 1764

Smallpox Mentioned in Letter

James Habersham wrote to William Knox, Georgia’s agent in London, thanking him for his efforts, then adding in a postscript one of the many tribulations the colonists faced:

“… We are very sensible of your Abilitys [sic] and Zeal to serve us, and return you our very hearty thanks for the Attention you have given to our Affairs - We likewise desire you will make our gratefull [sic] Acknowledgements acceptable to the worthy Members of the Honourable House of Commons, who have assisted us the last Session of parliament, …

“P.S. We are at present afflicted with the small pox in this Town, and as many of the Committee with their Familys have retired into the Country, it is difficult to get a sufficient Number of the Committee to meet.”

Source: Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, Vol. VI, The Letters of the Hon. James Habersham, 1756-1775 (Savannah: Georgia Historical Society, 1904), p. 25.