History of Gilmanton
Written by: Daniel Lancaster
 Published in 1845 
In the winter and spring of 1813, an alarming epidemic, called the Spotted Fever, prevailed extensively in several neighborhoods, especially at the Iron Works, and in some of the Northern school districts in the town, and proved fatal in many instances. At the annual meeting, March 10th, the town voted to grant assistance in a sum not exceeding 500 dollars to those families which were afflicted with the Spotted Fever. The town also appoint a Health Committee, consisting of Col. Samuel Greely, David Edgerly, Esq., and Micajah Kelly, who with the Selectmen were to appoint a sub-Committee in each school district to seek out persons and families in distress.