Martha Ballard's Diary, February 20 - 23, 1791

20 B
Clear part of ye Day, Cloudy aftn. I attended Public worship, mr Smith performd. mrs Pierce Sent a Bill for prayers. I was Calld at 9 h Evn to See Leut Pollards wife who was in Labour. mrs Savage, Williams & Cowen there all night. at meeting and mr Thomass. I am 56 years old ys Day.  
21 2
X. Birth Leut David Pollards Dagt. X.
Clear & Cold. mrs Pollard was very ill thro ye Day. Old Lady Fletcher, mrs Pollard & Ephm Cowens wife aded to our Company, and my patient was Safe Delivrd at 9 h Evn of a fine Dagt and is Cleverly, Considering how ill Shee has been. I tarried all night. Sett up with mrs Pollard. at mr Thomass. Birth 7th
22 3
Clear and very Pleast. mr Ballard Came to inform me yt Capt Nicholss Lady was at our house. I returnd after we had took Breakfast, leaving my Patients remarkably Comfortable. after Chatting a little while with my friends, took a walk with them as far as mr Pollards. Calld at mr Blaks & Savages on my return. Fredrick Foot, his wife & Sister here on their way to mr Bullins. mr Pitt here. at Ditoes. mr Thomas gave me 6/ as a reward. I receivd a Letter from Doct Barton of Freby 6th
23 4
Clear Except a little Snow in ye morn. I went to mr Savages at Dusk. mr Foot & ye Ladys here as they returnd. Dolly is makeing her Over Coat. Capt Savage informs me mr Densmores Son is like to have his Soar break again. at mr Savages.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.