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In Their Own Words

November 02, 1739

Change in Weather Brought on Cold

William Stephens wrote in his journal of being sick from a sudden change in the weather, which he noted was common in Georgia:

“…Being seized with some sharp Pains in my Breast, and divers other Parts, I was bound to keep in, hoping by Warmth, and good Kitchen Physick, to get the better of it: As I did; for in twenty- four Hours it began to wear off, and plainly shewed me it was no more than a Cold; which might reasonably be expected from the sudden Change of Weather in very few Days past; in which short Time, the great Warmth we had, by Means of a Southerly Wind and clear Sky, was changed into a North-West Wind and thick Clouds, which made as great a Difference in the Temper of the Air, as is usually found in England between the Months of June and December: And these surprizing Alterations some Times happen at any Season of the Year. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 443.