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Yours of April 15th. this moment received. I thank You for it -- and for your offer of Milk, but We have Milk in vast Abundance, and every Thing else that we want except Company.
You cant imagine how finely my Brother and I live. We have, as much Bread and as much new pure Milk, as much Pudding, and Rice, and indeed as much of every Thing of the farinaceous Kind as We please -- and the Medicine We take is not att all nauseous, or painfull.
And our Felicity is the [illegible] greater, as five Persons in
the same Room, under the Care of Lord And Church, are starved and medicamented
with the utmost severity. No Bread, No Pudding, No Milk is permitted them, i.e.
no pure and simple Milk, (they are allowed a Mixture of Half Milk and Half
Water) and every other Day they are tortured with Powders that make them as
sick as Death and as weak as Water. All this may be necessary for them for what
I know, as Lord is professedly against any Preparation previous to Inoculation.
Dr. Tufts and your Brother have been here to see Us this Morning. They are charmingly well and chearfull, tho they are lean and weak.
Messrs. Quincy's Samuel and Josiah, have the Distemper very lightly. I asked Dr. Perkins how they had it. The Dr. answerd in the style of the Faculty "Oh Lord sir; infinitely light!" It is extreamly pleasing, says he, wherever we go We see every Body passing thro this tremendous Distemper, in the lightest, easiest manner, conceivable.
The Dr. meaned, those who have the Distemper by Inoculation in the new
Method, for those who have it in the natural Way, are Objects of as much
Horror, as ever. There is a poor Man, in this Neighbourhood, one Bass, now labouring with it, in the natural Way. He is in a good
Way of Recovery, but is [the ]most shocking sight, that can be
This Contrast is forever before the Eyes of the whole Town, Yet it is said
there are 500 Persons, who continue to stand it out, in spight of
Experience and the [illegible] the Expostulations of the
Clergy, both in private and from the Desk, the unwearied Persuasions of the
select Men, and the perpetual Clamour and astonishment of the People, and to
expose themselves to and From this Distemper in the natural Way! -- Is
Man a rational Creature think You? -- Conscience, forsooth and scruples is
the are the Cause. -- I should think my self, a deliberate self Murderer,
I mean that
Mr. Wheat is broke out, and is now at the Card Table to amuze himself. He will not be able to get above a score or two. Badger has been pretty lazy and lolling, and achy about the Head and Knees and Back, for a Day or two, and the Messengers appear upon him, that foretell the compleat Appearance of the Pox in about 24. Hours.
Thus We see others, Under the symptoms, and all the Pains that attend the Distemper, under the present Management, every Hour, and are neither dismayed nor in the least disconcerted, or dispirited. But are every one of Us wishing that his Turn might come next, that it might be over, and we about our Business, and I return to my [illegible] Farm, my Garden, but above all, to my dearest Diana who Friend is the best of all Friends, And the Richest of all Blessings to her own
How shall I express my Gratitude to your Mamma and your self, for your Kind Care and Concern for me. Am extreamly obliged for the Milk, and the Apples. But would not have you trouble yourselves any more for We have a sufficient, a plentiful supply, of those, and every other good Thing that is permitted Us. Balm is a Commodity in very great Demand and very scarce, here, and there is a great Number of Us to drink of its inspiring Infusion, so that my Unkle, Aunt, and all the Patients under their Roof would be obligd, as well as myself, if you could send me some more.
I received Your agreable Favour by Hannes, this Morning, and had but just finished My Answer to it, when I received the other, by Tom.
I never receive a Line from you without a Revivification of Spirits, and a
joyful Heart. I long to hear that -- something you promissed to tell me, in your next. What can that Thing
be? thought I. My busy fancy will be speculating and conjecturing about it,
night and day, I suppose,
You had best reconsider and retract that bold speech of yours I assure You. For I assure you there is another Character, besides that of Critick, in which, if you never did, you always hereafter shall fear me, or I will know the Reason why.
Oh. Now I think on't I am determined very soon to write you, an Account in minute Detail of the many Faults I have observed in you. You remember I gave you an Hint that I had observed some, in one of my former Letters. You'l be surprized, when you come to find the Number of them.
By the Way I have heard since I came to Town an
Where the Blame will center, or where the Quarrell will terminate, I am not able to foresee.
The Persons talked of are Dr. Gelston, Mr. Wm. Greenleaf, the Apothecary who married Sally Quincy, and the Serjeant, French a Braintree man, who is said to have caried the Druggs from the Apothecary to the Physician. But I think the Serjeant is not much suspected. After all, whether any Body att all is to blame, is with me a dispute.
Make my Compliments to all the formall, give my Duty to all the honourable, and my Love to all the Friendly, whether at Germantown, Weymouth or Elsewhere, that enquire after me, and believe me to be with unalterable Affection Yr.
40 minutes after one O.Clock Tuesday April 17th, 1764
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