A pleasant day; beautifull for the Christian to contemplate.
I went twice to Church, in the morning with Garret, and at noon with Julie. The morning discourse was rather to [sic] effective, a fault of Mr F. from the text “Sin is exceeding sinfull.” He touched on the recent calamities which had visited every part of the world, The loss of the steamships the fires on land and water, The dreadfull Earth Quake at Cape Haytian presenting to our view a sad picture of the effects of sin. “And a rainbow was around the Throne” was the text in the afternoon.
The 1842 Cap-Haitien earthquake occurred at 17:00 local time (21:00 UTC) on 7 May. It had an estimated magnitude of 8.1 on the surface wave magnitude scale and triggered a destructive tsunami. It badly affected the northern coast of Haiti and what is now the Dominican Republic. Port-de-Paix suffered the greatest damage from both earthquake and tsunami. Approximately 5,000 people were killed by the effects of the earthquake shaking and another 300 by the tsunami.~Wikipedia
For another interesting article on the earthquake, see MetroWest article.