According to Lorenzo Warriner Pease, a missionary in Cyprus, an outbreak of the plague was approaching the island:
Today I am informed that the plague has broken out afresh in Smyrna, that it is prevailing in Alexandria, the citizens of the places are making exertions to establish a quarantine and thus prevent, if possible, the visit of the pestilence here. I have subscribed 200 piastres for this object. I cannot but think however that the money would be far better applied were it devoted to the cleansing of the streets. Lucinda is about as usual, tolerably well in the morning and suffering at night. I have commenced my study of the language — I find it much easier to translate from the Greek than into the Greek. I submitted my first effort to Pierides night before last, and he made terrible havoc of it. Tonight he has not treated it so disrespectfully.