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Norfolk, Aylsham District, Buxton, Parish Information, 1773

Document Reference: Memorial to Mary Anne KENT

Transcribed by: Geoff Lowe
Date Added: October 13, 2001

In the Chancel of St.Andrew Chruch is a memorial to Mary Anne Kent, indicating that not everyone thought that the new idea of inoculation against Smallpox, was a good idea.

The memorial is on white marble, with a black marble surround and an angel at the top. It reads:

In memory of Mary Anne KENT the daughter of Mr & Mrs Kent of Fulham, Middlesex. Who died under Inoculation on the 16th day of March 1773 in the fourth year of her age.

This much lamented Child was in the highest state of health and her mental powers began to open and promise fairest fruit. When her fond parents deluded by prevalent custom suffered the rough officious hand of art to wound the flourishing root of nature and rob the little innocent of the gracious gift of life.

Let this unhappy event teach distrutful mortals that there is no safety but in the hand of almighty God.

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