October 10, 1740

1740 October 10 (Friday).  Last Night my Wife had a terrible Convulsion Fitt, But through Gods great mercy it did not continue long.  She by Degrees came to her Senses again.  Brother Hicks was call’d and sent for Dr. Gott.  His young man came, he being himself at Boston, celebrating his own Nuptials.[1]  The young man attempted to Bleed my Wife but miss’d the Veins Some Number of Times; but when daily Light came on he succeeded and she bled freely.  She was in  her pregnancy 4 or 5 Months gone.  The bleeding She judg’d was very beneficial to her.  Mr. Baines went home.

[1]Benjamin Gott married his second wife, Lydia Ward of Boston, Oct. 5, 1740.