The page for Monday, March 4th says:
Arrived at office 5:50 A.M. Beautiful day. Make up time sheets and pay rolls about 10 sheets of 15 to 30 names each. Hot enough in office 80 to 92° between 12 and 4 p.m. Boy does not eat supper. Agonizing are my thoughts. Fever scare on my brain. He is very feverish too; from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. A rare night. Moon beautiful, stars shining. Prayed to the Blessed Virgin for succor - received it. Boy asleep but so hot. Both of us cried. Mr. Stapleton off for Mountains in the morning. Awake and restless all night. Saw much of last night's moon. Boy very cheerful though feverish. Cheered me much by joking me. A rare moon light and starry night for this section. A cheerful surprise. Thought if I only were where a woman could raise my boy. Anna constantly before me too.
Questions and comments:
- A few days before, Nathaniel wrote about the smallpox outbreak down-river. Smallpox vaccine was widely available in the late 1800s, and I would expect that both Nathaniel and his son had been vaccinated.