1764A smallpox epidemic spread to Gloucester.Government and Public Service, City Government, Health

Gloucester Town Records, 1753-1800. Vol. 3, 1800, p. 78.
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Gloucester Town Records, 1753-1800. Vol. 3, 1800, p. 78.

Selectmen were empowered to create by-laws concerning the disease. The regulations required a flag to mark houses where anyone was sick with the disease, and all bedding, clothing, and sickrooms had to be fumigated. Coffins were carried off for burial at night, with a person holding a lantern and announcing a warning. Eight people died in Gloucester from smallpox during this epidemic.

Gloucester Town Records, 1753-1800. Vol. 3, 1800, http://archive.org/details/townrecords17531800 Garland, Joseph E. Guns off Gloucester. 1st ed, Essex County Newspapers, 1975. Babson, John J. (John James), and Samuel Chandler. Notes and Additions to the History of Gloucester : Second Series. [Salem, Mass.] : Salem Press Pub. and Print. Co., 1891, http://archive.org/details/notesadditionsto00babs
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