[ Untitled Diary Entry on Smallpox Inoculation ]
Date: September 1792 | 1792/09/01 to 1792/09/30
Source: Murray Family Manuscript Diary
Institution: Nova Scotia Archives | Reference: MG1 Vol. 728 / Typescript Transcription
An account of a smallpox outbreak among the "negros" and Dr. Jenner's purported success in inoculating against the disease, p. 56. PANS MG1. Vol. 728.
1792 - 56 -
May 14 Sir John Wentworth sworn into Office and at night the Town was
brightly illuminated to celebrate and there was more drunkenness than usual
in the streets which is a poor welcome to my way of thinking. Attended a
ball in the evening & He and his Lady made a handsome pair on a raised dais
with negro slaves fanning them with large fans of red, white and blue ostrich
feathers and the silver cloth around the base.
July -- Have had a housewarming at my new Town House and the very best of
Society were there. If business keeps as it has been will be able to
purchase a family chariot as Margaret wishes with the coat of Arms. She had
a new gown for the occasion and we were very proud of our place. Had
imported a fancy chandelier for the dining room patterned after the one in
Government House but smaller. When we walk on the Promenade on Pleasant Street
people look around at us now and many stop to pass the time of day.
Greatly honoured by being invited to the Prince’s Box in the Halifax
Theatre for a performance of The Merchant of Venice and were presented to
Madame St.Lawrence who is not so beautiful but very lively, and gracious.
Aug. 17 A large fire on Granville Street started in a soap-maker’s place and
did considerable damage before it was extinguished. Two old persons were
burnt to death in it.
Sept. -- The small-pox which had broken out among some negroes has begun to
spread through the Town and a Dr. Jenner has a novel cure for it which
consists in scratching the arm of a person and daubing in some of the pox.
The patient is supposed to suffer a very mild case and be permanently cured
but most of the people are suspicious and will have nothing to do with it.
On the Sevres China which I have been getting from time to time the
trade-mark has been two crossed L’s but it is now changed to R.F. which is
for the Republic of France.