Smallpox in Hampshire 1774

Smallpox is a disease which caused lots of fatalities but inoculation against was discovered in the 18th century, so fear of it has long since faded. This is from the Hampshire Chronicle of March 1774:

We hear that the small-pox is broke out at Bishops Waltham, a dread of which distemper has induced many of the inhabitants to confine themselves to their houses, and others to lock themselves up – About 70 years since it raged there very severely, so that the place was in a manner deserted, and grass grew in the streets – Was inoculation as general as it is useful, the small-pox would convey neither terror nor distress.

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