Martha Ballard's Diary, September 4 - 8, 1788

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Clear. mr Ballard gone to mr James Pages on public business. Jonathan & Taylor went to See the Execution of Oneal. I have been at home. the Girls washt. Gilbreath Sleeps here. the wife of old mr Springer Departed this Life this morn. I have been at home. Death of mrs Springer & Oneall Executed.  
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Clear. I went to Doct Colmans at 1h pm, his Child Expird at 4. I put on the grave Cloaths and tarried till 7. Colo North and Lady there. I found mrs Williams & mrs Harris here at my return. I Sett up till very late to finish Hannahs Stockins. Death of Doct Colmans infant. I was there. Dolly finisht her web, 44-1/2 yds. Beniah Ingirham had a son born.  
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Clear. I attended funeral of Doct Colmans infant. Calld at mrs Williamss, find her very sick. the Doct gave her a Puke. I tarrd all night. Funeral of mrs Springer & Doct Colmansinfant. I attendid ye latter.  
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Clear. I Came home; left mrs Williams very ill. I Slept Some & went there again at Evin. mrs Pollard & others there. Charlotte & Polly Cool there. Parthena watches. the Revd mr Moore preacht. Hannah is gone to Son Towns with Sherebiah.  
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Cloudy & Cool. I went to See mrs Williams; Spent the aftern. left her more Comfortable. my Girls washt. mr Fillbrooks here this Eving. mr Gille returnd from Winthrop. I was at wido Wilmss

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.