200 years ago today - Winter 1812-13

[Lucy Mack Smith] Typhoid fever strikes the family. By fervent prayer, Lucy and Joseph Sr. receive an assurance that the dying Sophronia will live. Joseph turns seven in December 1812. After an aggressive operation for osteomyelitis, Joseph recuperates at Salem, Massachusetts, with Jesse Smith, his brother's uncle. He is still walking on crutches in 1816.

[Source: Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books, http://bit.ly/lucys-book]

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