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In Their Own Words

October 26, 1739

Report on Sick Soldiers Received

William Stephens wrote in his journal of receiving letters from the General (James Oglethorpe) that many soldiers in his command were sick:

“…An Express from the South, with Letters, &c. to the General; which brought ill News from the Camp, that they were grown very sickly, and that they had not Officers sufficient to do the common Duty; but the Sickness did not prove mortal, being a Sort of Ague and Fever with regular Intermission, which pulled many down, both Officers and Soldiers, to a very weak State; such as is pretty common in these Parts, at certain Seasons, especially among fresh People from Europe, and is usually termed a Seasoning. … “

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 438.