Martha Ballard's Diary, March 15 - 18, 1791
X. Birth Bizer Benjamins Son. X. receivd my fee
Sept 4th 1792.
Clear part of ye Day. I went to Dress Pollys finger
forenn. mrss mc ithny, Heuston
& Whitin & mr Craggs little Dagt here aftn.
I was Calld at 6h 1/2 Pm to See mrs Benjamin. Shee
was Safe Deld at 10 Evn of a lusty Son. mrs Pollard, Chamln
& Caton went home. mrs Welch and I tarried till Day.
Ephm Bot 1 lb Chocolat & a Bowl with wood he Carried to
at mr Savages. Birth 8th.
Pollymc kethney & others here.
a little Snow morn, a foggy, misty Day. I Came home at 5h
1/2 morn, went to Bed and Slept. Echabod Pitts and wife &
Son here, Came before noon. Shee tarried here, he went farther
and returnd & they Sett out for home after Tea. mr Burtun
Came with a Sleigh and waited on my Girls to his hous, &
I went and Drest little Pollys finger, and Drest ye
at Dittoes. mr Pitts & Lady here.
my Girls went to mr Burtuns.
Cloudy till 10 h morn when it Broke away & ye Sun
appeard. Cyrus then Sett out for Winslow, Patty Town with him.
Shee has been here 13 mounths and one day. I have been at home.
Dolly is gone to take Care of Sally Hamlin for her mammy to go
to Capt Smiths. One of Jonas
Oxen dropt down and Expird instantly about Sun Sett as Ephm
& John Savage were bringing a Lode of wood Down
Hershys at 10 Evng. Jon a lost an OX. Cyrus is Gone
to winslow, Carried Patty Town home.
Foggy. I was at Capt Herseys, was Calld Last Evn at 10h, walkt as far as mr Craggs then rode. mrs Savage, Voce, Cowen were Calld. we were all there ye rest of ye night. Cloudy. mrs Thomas Came to Capt Herseys Early ys morn, went home before night; thee rest aftn. women tarried all night. mrs Hersey Seems more Comfortable.
Source: www.doHistory.org. Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.