even before any alteration for the worse was perceived by those that attended her This unhappy Event may possibly expose us to the Censure of the World, but the Consciousness of having done our Duty in using the most likely means to preserve Life in a Time of common danger, makes us easy & content. About ten days after this our Son above mentioned upon whom the Inoculation had no Effect was seized in the natural way, had a very kindly sort, & recovered very well. The Distemper was at that time very rife in two or three neighbouring Familys insomuch that none escaped who had not had it before, amongst these, there were six persons who had the Small Pox by Inoculation some of which were constantly & the rest frequently in company with those that were sick of the Natural Sort, without being any way affected To the Truth of the above we subscribe Joseph Brooksbank Elisabeth Brooksbank To the above written particulars attest the Nurse & Maid who attended the Children during their illness Elizabeth I Brooksbank Elizabeth X Mellar Halifax Nov: 5th 1723 These may certify that at our request in February 1721/2 The Small Pox was inoculated upon two of our Children, the one a Boy aged about 5 Years, the other a Girl about 3 years old. The Girl in a weeks time began to be very feverish & ill & after 2 or 3 days the Small Pox appear’d, They rose very round & large, tho but few in number & She soon recovered. The Boy was no ways affected, had no manner of illness that we coud perceive, nothing appear’d upon his Skin, neither did the Places that were cutt look red & angry as they did in the Girl: but about a week or ten days after his Sister recovered, He fell ill of the Small Pox, had more in number & was much worse than She was, but after some time recover’d very well as wittness our hands Willm Clark Phebe Clark Test: Martha Mitchell Thos. Thorp. P.S. It is to be observed that these two Children were not inoculated with the same matter The Girl was from one that had a very favourable kind in the natural way, & the Boy was from one that was inoculated, but I had the misfortune to come too late, the Pustules were wither’d & allmost gone & the matter was chiefly taken from the incision in the arm. I did not think it necessary to mention this particular in the account I gave of this boy for= =merly, because I coud not conclude from one tryall, any thing certainly. it is now very well known that the matter taken from the Pustules of the inoculated Small Pox will convey the Distemper as well as the naturall, but I believe that which runs from the incisions will not. I can give no account how the operation happen’d to fail in Mr Brooksbanks boy, for two other children were inoculated at the same time with the same matter in whom it succeeded very well.
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Letter from T Nettleton, Halifax, Yorkshire, to James Jurin, 1723. From The Royal Society, CLP/23ii/34
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