1736 September 4 (Saturday). A very Melancholly, distressed House. Elias 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. The rest of us dined at Mr. Baldwins. Mr. Swan and Mr. Wakefield accompanyed me home and kept sabbath with me.
Elias Parkman (1718-1751), Harvard 1737. SHG, 10:223-24.
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.