The story of Nathaniel McHorney's 1901 trip to Ecuador.

March 4th, 1901

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.

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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.

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