Martha Ballard's Diary, February 23 - 26, 1790

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X Birth Capt Belchers Son. XX
Clear & very pleasant. I was Calld by Harshorn Coney at 1 h morn to See Capt Belchers Lady in travil. Shee was Safe Delivrd at 2 hours & 55 m of a very fine Son which Shee Calls Hyrum. the Capt was absent; left home Bound for Sandy river yester morn. I relurnd at ye 11 Hour attended by Saml Coney. this is mrs Belchers 4th Son & 8th Child. we receivd a Letter from Doct Barton of Jany 15/90 which informs our friends are well. I Slept a nap ys aftern. at Capt Belchers. we recda letter from Doct Barton of Jany 15, 1790. Birth9th
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Snowd & raind & hailld. I have been at home kniting. Jon a is gone to See Luke Barton. I have been at home.  
25 5
Clear & pleasant. mr Brooks & Lady & Dagts here on a visit. I have been at home; finisht a pair of mittins for Son Town. at home.  
26 6
Clear & very pleasant. Hannah was unwell this forenn. I attended a Lecter at the meeting house aftn. Revd mr Eaton & Parson Emerson performd. I Calld at mr Pollards; was informd that Sherebiah Town was Declineing very fast; he thinks he Shall not Continue Long in this world. I allso hear that Luke Barton was thought to be Expireing this morn. I went to Lecter & to mr Hamlins.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.