October 9, 1756

1756 October 9 (Saturday).  It has been a very rainy Night and Morning.  Mr. Daniel Adams’s only Child is Dead and the Appointment of Burial is nine this Morning.  A Child of Mr. Edmund Rice, Samuel about 2 1/2 old, lies dead, and the appointment Ten, this morning, also: Mr. Noah Hows Wife dyed last Evening and is to be buryed this afternoon.  Mr. Ebenezer Forbush’s Ebenezer dyed last night.  So that there are 4 lie dead in our Parish at this time.  My son Thomas having Watched with Mr. Rogers, brings word that he is but just alive.  By reason of the Rain I could not attend either of the Funerals of the forenoon: but p.m. it so held up that I went to the Funeral of Mrs. How.  May God be merciful to us in this Day of Adversity and Calamity!  This has been a very remarkable Week for mortality among us.  Every Day since last Sabbath there has been either Death or Buryal: Eight have dyed in 4 Days, viz. the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th, and 7 of them in 3 Days.  Such is the Will of the holy and Sovereign God!