1736 March 12 (Friday). Sister Ruth very bad indeed — casting — Fainting etc. Brother rode to the Doctor. I rode to Town for some New supply. A stormy Raw, Snowy Day. The Doctor visited and tarried till almost night. Mrs. Gay and her sister Mrs. Elizabeth Nutting there all Day, and watched also at Night. Mr. Appleton at about 11 at night. Sister Exceeding low — Scarce any success visible yet — Her straining to vomit Spends her extreamly, and wears her out; and her extream Pain, from her having nothing to pass through her for Such a very long Space, has brought her very Nigh Deaths Gates.
Nathaniel Appleton (1693-1784), Harvard 1712, minister of Cambridge, 1717-1784; SHG, 5:599-609.