On August 6, 1609 a Jamestown settler named John Asbie succumbed to the bloody flux. His was the first death at Jamestown. Sickness became a way of life; supplies were spent; there was nothing left to drink, and the men were forced to use the river, which was at flood, very salty, and at low tide, full of slime and filth. The common kettle was a half a pint of wheat and barley boiled with water per man per day.
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