In Their Own Words
September 07, 1738
Sickness Affected Productivity
Sickness was a continuing problem in colonial Georgia, as William Stephens noted in his journal:
“…Out of nine Servants which I had living, seven of them were lying in Fevers and Agues, or so weak (some’ of them) as to be unserviceable; which greatly distressed me, the Time of Harvest drawing near, and many Things requiring to be done preparatory to it; so that I was much at a Loss how to obviate so great an Evil …”
Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 197.