Martha Ballard's Diary, November 2 - 11, 1785

2 4
I was at home all Day. it raind Exceeding powerfully ys night.   
3 5
Cloudy & rainy. old mrs Bolton & mrs Chamberlin here aftern. I was at home all Day.   
4 6
I was at mr Westons, aftern. calld at Coln Norths. mrs Cox has been unwell but is gitting Better.   
5 7
at home all Day. am unwell, have a Cough.   
6 B
A Clear Day. I attended worship aftern. Sheribiah Town here this Night. I am [  ] unwell.   
7 2
attended funeral of Peggy Haward who Deceast yesterday. Doct Colman unwell. Saml & Jack mending. Polly about hous.   
8 3
I was at home all day; very unwell. I tried to to take a Swett Last night but could not; this night went into a warm Bed. Drank Some hott Brandy tody, Swet a little.   
9 4
Cloudy. I feel a little more Comfortable. I rode to Mr Pollards find my Self profited thereby.   
10 5
I was at home. Mrs Edson here, had X 1 oz Salv for her Husband foot. I Coughed much this night.   
11 6
Birth. X Henry Babcocks Dafter born at five in morn. XX
I was Calld at 5 O Clock ys morn to Henry Babcocks, his wife being in Travil. arivd there about Day Light; found her put to bed, the operation performd By mrs Smith. mrs Babcock I found in Severe pain; her complaints So great & Shee very Desireous I should inquire into ye Cause. I Complyd & found her greatly ingered by some misshap. mrs Smith does not alow yt Shee was Sencible of it. however her, Viz mrs Babks, Distres was so very Severe we were apprehencive Shee was Expiring. Sent for Doct Colman But Dr Williams fortunately Came in & prescribed remidies which aford Some relief. I Left him there & returnd home at 10/PM.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.