A fine clear day, very cold, a sudden change from yesterday.
Bridget engaged washing to.day. I sat with the children untill 12 oclock. Simon took my place in the nursery, and I walked out. Went in Broadway to Chamber Street, and around home. Felt better for my walk. Sent Simon with some books, and a note to nineteenth street. Received a letter from M (Maria Hasbrouck, Garret’s sister, from Stone Ridge) Hasbrouck, she sends the news of a young son for Margaret, and an account of the great mortality
lately prevailing among the inhabitants. Death
has cast a gloom over every house in their vicinity
Scarlet fever is still rageing around there, in this
our immediate family, they have the disease
I must write to Maria, next week, and try
to cheer her up.
Scarlet fever (also called scarlatina in older literature) is an infectious disease which most commonly affects 4–8-year-old children. Symptoms include sore throat, fever and a characteristic red rash. Scarlet fever is usually spread by inhalation.
Before the availability of antibiotics, scarlet fever was a major cause of death. It also sometimes caused late complications, such as glomerulonephritis and endocarditis leading to heart valve disease, all of which were protracted and often fatal afflictions at the time. – Taken from Wikipedia