Martha Ballard's Diary, May 31 - June 2, 1789
Clear & Cold. Doct Whitaker preacht in the meeting
house. mr Ballard attended fore noone, was So Lame he was oblidged
to Ly on the Bed aftn. Clarrissa Barton here.
Dolly & Shee attended worship aftn. I had pork
& Veal & Greens for Dinner. Esqr Howard Dind
here. I went to See Nr Savage, he is mending.
I was at Nr Savages. Polly Wale Came
here to work for me the weak insuing. a frost ys
Clear. I was Calld to See Polly Savage. Shee has an inflamation
in her head & her throat Sore. we aplid a Blister to her arm
& I returnd; went onto ye bed, was very unwell
the ramainder of ye Day. mr Ballard went as far as
mr Walls to See his Coalt, Lost a note after he past
mr Andrews. Daniel Robbins Sleeps here. I applyd a poltis of Basswd
to Manlys foot, it being Sweld.
I was at Nr Savages. a frost. mr Ballard
began to plant.
Clear & Cool. I Drest manlys wound, aplyd an Egg Cataplasm &
Scraped horn. I feel a little more Comfortable my Self. I
went down street, Calld at mr Savages. they are mending at mr Pollards,
mrs Blacks Brest is soar. at mr Westons, his Lady is unwell.
a woman by the name of Robbins informs She Saw Son Town
last Lords Day, at mr Richardsons with his Dear Inft.
mrs Grant has taken it to giv it Suck, & his wife is a little
I was at mr Savages, mr Pollard & mr Westons,
& mr Craggs. A very great Frost ys morn.
Source: www.doHistory.org. Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.