Martha Ballard's Diary, August 13 - 17, 1789

13 5
Clear & very hott. Parthena Barton is 17 years old ys Day. I have been at home, quilld yn. mrs Emerson left here. mr Ballard at ye meddow. at home.  
14 6
Birth Doct Colmans Son. fee receid. XX. X Birth mr
15 7
Allins Dagt. XX.
Clear. I was Cld at 1h morn to See mrs Allin, find her not very Sick. was Calld from thence to Doct Colmans Lady in travil. Shee Calld her women & was Safe Deld of a fine Son at ye 11th h. I was Calld from there to See mrs Pond at Winthrop, find her in Dificult Sircumstance. applied Some remedies & gave Directions & Left medisin, Left her at Sun Sett. Came to mr Pollards at ye 10th h Even. very Dark & rainy as I Came down, I had a boy with me from Hardins. was Conducted over ye river by mr mc Farling. by Joseph Foster to mr Allins, find ym all well. his Lady was Siesd with travil a little before day & was Safe Deld at 8/th h morn of a fine Dagt & I arivd Safe at home. I was gone from home 35 hours. I went to Bed & took a fine Knap afternn. Jon a been to winthrop ys day. at mr Allins, Doct Colmans & mr Ponds, & to mr Allins again. I receivd 9/4 of ye Doctr as a reward for my Service. at mr Allins. recievd my fee Novr 3d 1790 in Chees, at /6 pr pound.  
16 D
Cloudy & a little rain before night. raind the most of ye night. I attended Divine Service aftern tho it was with pain in my Limbs by reason of my great fatagues ye week past. I went to meeting.  
17 2
Cloudy morn. my Girls are washing. mr Parker been here. I have been at home. at home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.