Martha Ballard's Diary, December 24 - 27, 1790

24 6
Clear forn, Cloudy aft. I left Polly at 1 h pm more Comfortable. find Dolly under ye operatn of Phisick, waited on her but feel Some what fatagud. at Ditoes. Snowd all night.  
25 7
Cloudy & Cold. mr Cragg Calld me to See Polly mc kethney. Shee is no Better. mrs Voce Came and we Changd her linning. I find Dolly very ill at my return, her Blister very painfull. mr Putnam of 7 mile Brook took Break fast here. at Does. Snowd all night.  
26 C
Cloudy. Dolly is very weak & Faint. we helpt her up. She all most fainted. Hannah Complains of a pain in her head. mr Hamlin here, had Some medisin for Sally who is Siesd with Pukeing and Purging. at home.  
27 2
Clear. mr Cragg Calld me to See Polly. Shee Seems Better in Some respects, but her blister on ye Left arm Looks very black. I helpt remove her from one bed to another and returnd. Dolly was very Faint indeed till near night, when Shee Seemed much more Comfortable, and Sett up ye Evng. I was Calld at 10 h Evn to See thee wife of Shuball Wiesom. met with diffiCulty on ye way beyond mr Burjeses. Came back to his house, he went with us. I arivd Safe, tarried all night. at mr Craggs and Wiesoms.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.