Martha Ballard's Diary, November 11 - 15, 1785

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.   
12 7
I am at home. Doct Wms Calld here on his return from mr Babcocks. Enforms me yt She is Some more Comfortable; he has hopes She may recover. mr Smily here. we bt 18 lb of Buttr of him. we paid him one Dollar in Cash & three at Davess Store; we are to give one Shilling pr pound.   
13 B
Clear Morn, Cloudy aft. I attended Divine Servis. Capt Grant & mrs Foster here in intermishn.   
14 2
I went to See mrs Babcock, found her very Low. Son Town here this night.   
15 3
mr John Jones taken & brot to Pollards.
Son Town went home from here. mr Ballard went to Cabese. I went to mr Suels to visit his fammily yt were Sick. There were a gang went to Saml Duttuns & took John Jones; Brought him to Pollards. tarrd till morn when they Set out with him for wiscasett.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.