1778The town voted against inoculation and then voted to license houses as “Inoculating hospitals.”Economy and Industry, Government and Public Service, Infrastructure, Health

Minutes of Town Meeting, October 26-27, 1778. Gloucester Town Records, 1753-1800. Vol. 3, 1800, pp. 213-214.
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Minutes of Town Meeting, October 26-27, 1778. Gloucester Town Records, 1753-1800. Vol. 3, 1800, pp. 213-214.

Resistance to smallpox inoculation ran high in the community. However, those who had been inoculated began to demand separation of care. Eventually, the overwhelming spread of disease helped overcome the opposition to inoculation.

Gloucester Town Records, 1753-1800. Vol. 3, 1800, http://archive.org/details/townrecords17531800 Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Gloucester [Mass.] Procter brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog
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