Martha Ballard's Diary, July 1 - 9, 1789

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I have been at home. Clear weather. Parthena returnd from Winslow, left my Dagt much more Comfortable. Shee Came by water with mr Joseph Town & mr Whealor. I have been at home. my Dagt Dollys [  ] death 20 years Since.  
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Clear & hott till Evn, when it began to rain at 10. Agustus Ballard & his mamy here ys Day, mr Foster & Lady allso. I have been at home. Jesse Bullin & Debe Black Sleep here.  
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Clear & warm. Jesse Bullin & Debe Black took Breakfast. mr Robart Crosby here. I have been at home tending yn to whiten. I have been at home.  
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Cloudy & Some rain. I have been at hm. mr Ballard planking ye Seller. I was at home.  
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rainy. mr Ballard only attended worship. 20 Years ys Day Since the Death of my Dagt Martha. there was very Severe Thunder on yD Evng. I have been at home. 20 Years Sence my Dgt Marhs Death . 
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rainy morn, Clear aftn. my Girls washt, I mended my old Callico goun. mr Ballard went to ye hook. I was at home. Ben Porter here.  
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Clear & hott. my Girls washt house, I tended ye yarn, was not so well as I Could have wisht. Lidia Bisbe is Sick with ye Collic. mr Ballard & Cyrus Dresst ye mill. I have been at home.  
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Clear & hott. I tended my yn till 4 PM then went to See Lidia Bisbe who is Sick of a billious Disorder. a vast Concoarse of people there. I returnd home at midnight, Left Doct Coney there. Clarrissa Barton here. I was at mr Bisbes.  
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Clear morn & very warm. mr Ballard went to Pounalboro. Gillbh & Danl Robbins took Breakft here. I have been at home, Boild yn & Cloath. the Girls went to mr Hamlins. Clarrissa tarries all night. Lidia Bisbe Departed ys Life at 7h 30m Evn. I have bn at home. Lidia Bisbe Expird.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.