Martha Ballard's Diary, September 14 - 18, 1788

14 E
Clear & pleast. I attended worship in public. Nethaniel Norcross Desird prayers he being Sick with a feavor. Revd mr Foster Deliverd two Exelent Discoarses from Psalm 90 & 12 vers. I was at meeting & at wido Wilmss.  
15 2
Clear. mr Ballard gone to mr Carrs on public business. I have been at home. my Girls washt. we receivd a Letter from Broth Collins which informs that Sister Nabby was thought at the point of Death & our other Friends were well. Jona is gone to Son Towns. at home. recievd Letters from BrothsBarton & Collins Moore of Sept 7th & 5th
16 3
Cloudy. I have been at home, am not So well as I could wish. mrs Savage, wido Williams & mrs Harris here at Evin. the girls went to mr Craggs. Jona is not returnd. at home. I was Calld to Eliab Shaws in the night. 
17 4
X. Birth of Eliab Shaws Daft. receivd my fee Octr 22, by Ephm, 1792. XX.
I was Calld between 12 & 1h morn to Eliab Shaws wife in travil. Shee was Safe Delivd at ye 11th of a fine Daught. I left them Cleverly & returnd at 4 pm. mr Hains Learned Came here; he left home Last Wednsday. I receivd a Letter by him from Sister Waters, Dated at Boston. mr Ballard is gone to ye hook. Taylor Came here ys Day. at Shaws. mr Learned Came here, brogt me a Letter from Sist Waters of ye 12th inst. David Fletchr a Dagt Born.  
18 5
Clear. I have been at home. mrs Foot & Clarisa here. mr Ballard gone to Varsalboro. at home. mrs Foot here, and Clarisa.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.