Martha Ballard's Diary, December 23 - 28, 1789
A Cloudy day. mr Ballard and I went to Varsalboro as
Evidences in the Cause between this Common wealth & Joseph North
Esqr. the Charg was said North on ye
night of augst 10 th Broke into the house of Isaac Foster
in the night time & Ravisht the wife of Said
Foster. on trial mrs Foster apeard very Calm, Sedate & unmovd,
not with Standing the Strong atempts there were made to throw
aspercions on her Carrecter. Shee on oath affirmd that Said
North Broke open the Door of her house & perpetrated the Crime
|Rape ravishment, not with standing her
Exerting her Selfe as much as her Strength would would [sic] admit
admit [sic] of.My testemony was that mrs Foster
on the 19 of august Complaind to me that Shee had
Shee had [sic] receivd great abuses from people unknown to her,
Such as throwing Stones at her house, Striveing to get in to
y e &
lodg with her. after relating those abuses Said that was not
the worst Shee had met with Since mr Fosters absence, but Shee
hoped they would not quite kill her, that they Could do nothing
wors than they had unless they killd her. Shee also Said that
Said North had abused her wors than any other person in the world
had, but Shee believd it was best for her to keep her troubles
to her Selfe as mutch as Shee Could till her Husband returnd which
Shee hopt wd be soon. Shee also Complaind
on the 25 (if I remember the day aright) of said Norths treating
her wors than any other person had & Said he did go after
an other woman besids his own wife, & that his wife was
jellous of him relating to the Chargs She now Lais. Shee Seemd
Exceedingly troubled when Shee related her tryals, but not being
aust any question for information did not descend to
particulars at that time, which was the last time I Converst with
her while her Husband was absent. I also testified that Said
N Said to me Last weak (which I find by this diarey to be on ye
18th inst), that he really believd mrs Foster
was treated as Shee Complains but he Should Deny the Charg
Exhibeted against him. he also Said he never had the least reason
to Suspect her virtue or modesty.
the 28 inst I Calld to mind mrs Foster Saying Colo North had positively had unlawfull Concourse with
|another woman besides which
was not his wife and Begd her never to mention it to any other
person, told her Shee would Expose & perhaps ruen her Self if
Shee Did. I told her I Supposed it was an Enemy of his who was
her informer & that the informer might have miss receivd a
Story relative to Fack. Shee replyd no it is his Father, I mean
he is guilty.
a Cloudy Day. I have been at home. Colo North returnd this aftn. I am informd the Justises were not agreed & the Cause is to be laid before the Sescions next Jany.
I have been at home.
Clear & very pleasant for Christmas. the Ground Covered with
Snow about two inches deep. I have been at home mending Ephms
trousers & cuting Raggs for a Coverled.
I was at home.
Clear Day, Cloudy Evn. mr Carr, Page & mr Foster here. I have been at home mending Ephm a waist coat.
I was at home.
Snowd all Day, not very Cold. Cyrus went to mr Densmores ys Evng.
I was at home. Snow.
Snowd foren. mr Wall went as far as Hardins & returnd by reason of ye Snow & bad traveling. Capt Weston of Canaan Came here to help mr Ballard plan. I have been at home Cutting Raggs & mending Cloaths. my Girls Spinning. Dolly went to Savage Boltons.
I was at home. Snow.
Source: www.doHistory.org. Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.