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In Their Own Words

August 15, 1738

Fewer Deaths, but More Sickness Recorded

William Stephens wrote in his journal that there had been fewer deaths in colonial Georgia this year than in any other, yet there was still a lot of sickness, particularly among his own servants:

“…What was remarkable chiefly at present was. that after a long Continuance of hot Weather, the Town was said never to have buried so few since the first planting of the Colony; but now Fevers and Agues began to multiply apace, which nevertheless were not yet become very mortal: My Servants, however, never failed of their Share; and it was very rare that more than Half of them were capable of working at a Time. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 185.