Martha Ballard's Diary, May 11 - 17, 1788

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a rainy Day. mr Ballard & Cyrus attend meeting. I have been not So well as usual. Andw Goodins wife was prayed for. mrs Williams here; her husband poorly. Pamela Porters Dat Born.  
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Clear. I have been at home. mrs Savage here. Dolly went to mr Foots. Clarisa here. Leut Hains Learned Came Directly & from the westwd. our Friends all well. his wife was Deld of a Dagt 26 April. I am informd that Benn Porters wife was Deld of a Dat ye 10 inst and is Cleverly. Theops and Jona gone to Brotr Moores.  
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Clear morn; Showers aftern. mr Learned & mr Ballard went to Broth Moores. I went to ye hook, was at Colo Duttons. his Lady is Low but on ye recovery. I was at mrs Hollowels, mr Densmoors, Revd mr Foster, Joseph Fosters, mr Westons & Joseph Williamss. my Dats washt & wove some. Betsy Chever Been here, mrs Savage also. Jona Came home. I was at the hook & Joseph Williamss
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Clear & pleast. mr Williams & Sally here all Day. Hannah & Dolly went to Capt Porters. I have been at home. mr Smith, Wall & Jabe Cowen workt here. I was at home.  
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Clear. I have been at home. mr Bald Harrowd his flax & went to mr Vahans. he Let him have some Barley & gave Some Gardin Seeds. mrs Savage Sett her Gardn roots in our gardn. Polly Bsb & Cate Scott here, Leut Learned also. Wall & D. Robbins Sleep here. Hannah finisht her webb; 25 yds. mrs Pollard Sent 6 Skeins Ling yn by Ephm which Shee had Borrowd. I was at home.  
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X. Birth Moses Sewalls Dat. X.
Clear. I was Calld at half after 12h morn to mrs Sewall at ye hook. Shee was very ill; was Safe Delivrd at 5h pm of a fine Daft & is Cleverly. I tarryd all night; fee receivd. at mr Sewalls.  
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Clear. I returnd from mr Sewalls at 10h morn. went to See Jos Fosters wife & find her very Low. mr Willms is a Litl Better. Shiribiah Town been here. I Calld at J. Willmss. David Pollard over Sett his Boat in the rips.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.