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Opening a diary for the first time is like walking into a room full of strangers. The reader is advised to enjoy the company without trying to remember every name. --Laurel Thatcher Ulrich,
A Midwife's Tale
mr Ballard left home bound for Oxford. I had been Sick with the
Collic. mrs Savage went home. mrs foster Came at Evening. it
snowd a little.
Sunday. mrs Foster here. Snowd. [Father] Ballard Deceast 22 years
this Day, at 9/o
c Evin g.
Monday. Confined to my roome Still.
Tuesday. mrs. Foster went home. I had threats of thee Collic; by
takeing peper found releif.
sd Still Confind. mr Purkins here.
d. walk d to the barn. am much better.
Frid. I rode as far as mr Savages.
Capt hatchis fammily here. Studley Springer Carried me to his hous.
Sund. I put mrs springer to Bed with [a daughter]. [returnd]. mr
& mrs Pollard here afternoon.
Mond. at home. find I am better.
Tuesd. at home. able to knit a little.
Went to George Boltans to see his Daughter.
Went to Ditos. found the Child no better.
14 & 15th at Ditoes. staid. at night a storm.
Came from Boltons to Savages. mrs Sav
Returnd From Savages Late in Evening.
At home all Day. feel Some fatagued.
Cald to Boltons. Rode home on a slead.
About [ ] morn. Cald in hast to Savages. a very Cold morn.
about 11 o clok put mrs Savage to Bed with a Daughter. Returnd
home at Evn very much fatagued.
at home all Day. very warm weather.
Went [ ] Savages. found her Comfortable. mr Savage Paid