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The Nov. 8 entry is mentioned in a list Laurel Ulrich compiled of all Medicinal Ingredients Mentioned in Martha Ballard's Diary
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The Nov. 11 entry recounts one of just two times that Martha called in a doctor to help with a delivery. The other time was May 19, 1792.
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As on Nov. 11, a doctor was present at a delivery Martha presided over on October 10, 1794, but in the latter case the mother and her family called the doctor, not Martha. Investigate that event in-depth in Martha and a Man-Midwife.
I was at home all Day. it raind Exceeding powerfully y
Cloudy & rainy. old mrs Bolton & mrs Chamberlin here after
I was at home all Day.
I was at mr Westons, after
n. calld at Col n
Norths. mrs Cox has been unwell but is gitting Better.
at home all Day. am unwell, have a Cough.
A Clear Day. I attended worship aftern. Sheribiah Town here this
Night. I am [ ] unwell.
attended funeral of Peggy Haward who Deceast yesterday. Doct Colman
l & Jack mending. Polly about hous.
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.
Cloudy. I feel a little more Comfortable. I rode to Mr Pollards
find my Self profited thereby.
I was at home. Mrs Edson here, had X 1 oz Salv for her Husband foot.
I Coughed much this night.
Birth. X Henry Babcocks Dafter born at five in
I was Calld at 5 O Clock y
s 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 y e Cause. I Complyd
& found her greatly ingered by some misshap. mrs Smith does
not alow y t Shee was Sencible of it. however her, Viz
mrs Bab ks, 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.