My dear wife has had hardly any Sleep the last Night, this Morning threw up 2 or 3 times what she took; Vomiting is very difficult to the Dr Creature …. In her face ‘tis a small Sort and very thick, there most probably ‘twill be confluent; on her Breast ‘tis not so full, being a larger Sort, the same on her Arms and Legs. By tomorrow morning ‘tis that all will be out. She complains a little of her Throat … proves there are no dangerous Symptoms. [19 May 1766]
Oh! My dear Br. and Sister, the Cause of my dear Wife’s Disorder too plainly appears to be the Small Pox – the Dr makes no doubt of it, … Our Distress is inconceivable. Pray remember her in your Prayers. May the Lord support the dr. Creature and carry her thro’ it. I’ll write again by the next Post.