Martha Ballard's Diary, July 5 - 10, 1786

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Clear. mr Ballard workd about home. I went to Mr Williamss. mrs Page there. James Slacpool Sleeps here. the anaversery of the Death of my Daugt Martha who Deceast in 1769 aged 8 years & 2 months & 28 Days.   
6 5
Birth. X Josept Williamss Dafter & first Child. X
I was Calld at 01/O Clok ys morn to Naighr Williamss wife in Travil. Shee was very ill all day till about ten in ye Evinng when Safely Delivd of a fine Dafter wt 9 lb. I tarid all night. Shee Seemd much fatagud. Sally Peirce Came and tarried with her. Eliab Purkins wife Dilvd of a Son yesterd.   
7 6
Clear. I Came home from Williamss ye morn at 01/O Clok. Left her very Comfortable. Polly Fletcher is Nurs. Mrs Cowen & mrs Follett here. Benn Edwards & Wills Dind with us. Hannah & Dolly went to See mrs Wilms. Colo North is returnd from Boston.   
8 7
Cloudy & Some rain. mrs Farley here. I went to mr Williamss. Shee has been up & is as well as Can be Expected. I was at mr Porters & mr Westons. Spoke wh mrs Pollard. I hear yt Solomo Browns wife Deceast Last wednsday in Travil, has left a poor famely.   
9 A
a hot Day. I had a pain in my head, did not attend Divine Servis ye fore noon, went aftern. Broth Moore & mrs Brown here at intermition. I went to See mrs Williams at Evenng. mrs Pollard & Dorcas there. my Girls & Ephm went Down. Ephm Cowen Carried Becke Bisbe home.   
10 2
a Smoaky thik air and hott. Polly Taylor here on a visit. we Bakd for Williams & Brooks & spun Some Cotton. mr Ballard, Jono & Cowen went to See a meeting hous raised at Winthrop, the Buisines performd with Safety.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.