Martha Ballard's Diary, May 28 - 31, 1788
Election at Boston; very rainy. mr Ballard Came to mr Williamss
for me this morn. I left them very poorly. we had veal
for Breakfast; the first we have had ys Spring.
I took a nap aftern. Parthena & Dolly went to See
Sally. Cyrus went at Eving. Shee remains very Sick
CapT Porter returnd from Bstn.
Nathl Brown was Drowned.
Clear morn; a little Shower aftern. mr Ballard been with
a Committee on the Road west Side ye river. I have
been to the hook, had of Colo Saml Duttun
3 pair hos @ 5/ pr pair; 2 Combs, 1/ on acount of Moses White
& Thoms Kenny. Came back to Nr Williams;
tarried with them till Eving. mrs Voce watches
there. Sally is very Sick. Natl Brown was Drowned Last
night near mr Kenndys.
mrss Duttun & mrs Sewall are mending.
mr Ebenz Hail Sleeps here. Polly How is mending.
Clear. I was home foren. Roasted a Line of veal. I
went to mr Wilmss at one o Clok. Sally is no Better.
mrs Wms very poorly; not one of the famely well. I
was Calld to mr Westons to See James who Continues very Low. mrs
North there. & mrs Densmore, Anne Webb Came to mr Wms
& watcht. My Girls went to mr Crages. Son Town is
here. I have not Seen him as my famely were all in bed at my return.
Son Town Sleeps here. Capt Porter had
fitts Last night. I was at mr Wilmss.
Clear part ye Day. I was Calld in hast to See Sally Wilms. Shee had a very ill turn. Her mother faintd. Thee Child revivd. I tarried all Day. Doct Emerson Calld to See it. we rubd it with vinegar, gave Clisters. I tard all night; Parthenia also.
Son Town went home. I watcht at mr Willmss.
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