1756 February 2 (Monday). It was Somewhat rainy and the Roads very heavy, yet I ventured out to the Funeral of Mrs. Chamberlin and truely this was a sore Bereavement indeed!
Six Children are [illegible] all of them confined still with sickness: a Daughter of about 12, the Eldest Daughter living is very bad. I was also at Mr. Ithamar Bellows’, to see his Daughter Mary, who is past Speaking to; his Wife [likewise?] is ill. May God in his infinite Mercy prevent the further Spread of this mortal Disease! My Wife’s Rheumatism increases — but Lucy, through divine Goodness, recovers.