September 4, 1736

1736 September 4 (Saturday).  A very Melancholly, distressed House.  Elias[1] much worse.  I perceived his Mouth and Throat to be exceeding bad — a great Bladder or Tumor upon his Swallow.  Fever very Strong.  His Mother very low.  The little Girl (his sister) confined also by her sore Throat.  Before I left the Town Brother Elias appeared in great Distress by his sons growing still worse — light-headed and confused.  Our Mother was very ill also at his House.  We parted with heavy hearts, yet confiding in the tender Compassion of our Merciful heavenly Father.  I rode to Cambridge and then to Capt. Samuel Jacksons where I found young Mr. Smith, Mr. Swan and Mr. Wakefield upon their Journey upward.  Mr. Swift rode as far as his Brother Robys.[2]  The rest of us dined at Mr. Baldwins.  Mr. Swan and Mr. Wakefield accompanyed me home and kept sabbath with me.

[1]Elias Parkman (1718-1751), Harvard 1737.  SHG, 10:223-24.

[2]Ebenezer Roby (1701-1772), Harvard 1719, physician of Sudbury, m. Sarah, dau. of Rev. John Swift (Harvard 1697) and sister of Rev. John Swift, Jr. (Harvard 1733).  SHG, 6:336-39.