Martha Ballard's Diary, May 17 - 21, 1790

17 2
Cloudy & some rain. I was at mr Hinkleys, his wife very unwell. mrs Cox & mrs Preskotts, Hinkly & Swetland there. mr Ballard went to Lott out the Town Ship of unity this Day. he is 65 years old. Polly Bisbee was here. at mr Hinkleys. Shee gav me a Cup Cloath; mrs Cox maid it.  
18 3
X Birth. James Hinkleys Dagt. XX.
Clear & more pleasant. I was at mr Hinkleys, his wife Calld her women & was Safe Delivrd at Sun Sett of a Dagt. her oldest Dagt in her 15th year. Shee has 7 Sons & 2 Dagts. I watcht with her, mrs Cox & Davis tarried. at Ditoes. Birth 18th
19 4
Clear & pleasant. I returnd home by water as far as mr Westons. Grien, Wilboro & Zilpha are unwell. I Calld at mr Pollards, his wife very unwell. I find my famely well as I left them. Gillbriath helping Cyrus. Capt Howland Came up ys Day at Ditoes. receivd 6/ of Ben Preskott for assisting his wife Feby 10[]. A Child Lost.  
20 5
Clear till aftern, a little rain. I went to See mr Andrewss infant, it has a Soar mouth. my Girls planted Cucumber & million Seeds. at mr Andrewss.  
21 6
Clear. I have been unwell ys Day. my girls washt & went to mr Hamlins. Joseph Preskott had a Dagt Lost in the woods wendsday last & [        yet  ]. at home. mrs Savage here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.