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In Their Own Words

July 27, 1739

Rain and Sickness Recorded in Journal

William Stephens wrote of heavy rains in Savannah, and several cases of sickness, but only one recent death:

“…Heavy Rains returning upon us again for some Days past, on this more especially there was little or no stirring abroad: Fevers and Agues increased apace, and our two Captains could not yet get free of them, so as to proceed South: Nevertheless these Distempers hitherto were so far from proving mortal, that I scarce ever knew fewer People die here, than of late: Mr. West, late Smith to the Trust, died this Afternoon of a Consumption, wherewith he had been wasting for near a Year past: Besides this Occasion, I hardly remember a Grave opened for any other, for some Months past; and it is generally remarked, that the catching these intermitting Fevers, is mostly owing to the Peoples Unwariness in taking cold when they are hot.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 377.