"HIS FAITHFUL CARE," 1779
Records of the Moravians of North Carolina
edited by Adelaide L. Fries, volume 3 (Raleigh: North Carolina Department
of Archives & History, 1968).
The Moravians of Salem, N.C., maintained extremely
detailed records of their town, compiling for generations what could
be described as community diaries of the social, economic, political,
and even meteorological conditions that affected their congregation.
Salem's records of 1779 describe the smallpox epidemic that a passing
soldier brought to the town. Nearly a third of Salem's population
(forty-one of its 129 inhabitants) contracted the horrible disease.
Remarkably, however, only three of those infected souls perished or,
as the Moravians phrased it, were "called home." Townsfolk
credited divine intervention and the grace of the Almighty's hand
for this unusually low death count.
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