Joseph Dow's History of Hampton: SECOND APPEARANCE OF THE THROAT DISTEMPER
SECOND APPEARANCE OF THE THROAT DISTEMPER
Mr. Amos Towle, a cousin of Elisha, having lost a daughter by this disease, a few months before, now became very much alarmed, lest he himself should fall a victim to it; and in order to avoid all contact with it, he shut himself up in his own house. But it was of no avail. The dread disease again entered his dwelling, and on the 13th of July, one of his children -- a son nearly ten years old -- died. Mr. Towle himself died three days afterward. Deaths now occurred in rapid succession. Before the middle of October, that is, in less than four months and a half, thirty-two persons had died. After that time only five cases proved fatal til the next May; but during that month six others fell; so that there were forty-three deaths from this disease alone, and with fourteen from other causes, the alarming total swelled to fifty-seven-seven in the space of twelve months.