[December 1755] Saturd 27. A Snowy day. I went into Town to see the Boston News Paper, which gives an account of the Terrable Efffects of a Great Earthquake in Spain & Portugail. The famous City of Lisbourn Destroyed. Ye Houes all Shaked down but 3. & Thousands of Pple killed. The fire on the hearths burnt all ye houses & Rubbish. & Some places Swallowed up &c.
Here in 2011 we have all been horrified and transfixed by the pictures and videos of the “great earthquake” and Tsunami in Japan that also killed thousands and swallowed up whole towns. Back in 1755 this kind of terrible news was not immediate, and not visual of course, but it still had the power to shake those far away who read about it, and Joshua, always a news hound, made a point of heading to town to get his news about the tragic earthquake in Lisbon, which destroyed the city by shaking, flooding and fire – very similar to the situation in the towns and cities along the coast of northeastern Japan. Knowing as we do, the difficulties facing the population of Japan in 2011, we can only imagine the chaos and the […]