Martha Ballard's Diary, March 29 - April 2, 1791

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X. Birth John Coutchs Dagt. XX.
misty morn. I was Calld at 7 h morn to John Coutches wife in Labour. Shee was Delivrd of a Dagt before I arivd there. I Drest the infant, took Breakfast and returnd home about noon. it was a very rainy Evng. I was informd this Day that A Sister of mrs Neys has Lately Murdered her Self. at mr Coutches. mrs Hinkley performdfor mrs Coutch. June 27th receivd 6/ of mr Coutch. 
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Cloudy & rain. I was at home. at home.  
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X. Birth Capt Herseys Son. X.
Clear. Capt Hersey Calld me at the 5th hour morn to See his Lady who is in Labour. Shee was Safe Deld at 6h 30m pm of a fine Son. I had mrs Thomas & mrs Voce as assistants. I tarried all night, my Patients were very Comfortable. mr Voce Supt there. at Capt Herseys. Birth 9th. I receivd 6/. Tolman a Son Born.  
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Clear morn. I took Breakfast and Set out for home. Crost the river on the ice, went in at mr Pollards. from there to mr Westons, tarried there thru the day & night. thee river opend, thee freshet high. Came from Capt Herseys, ye river opend at 4 h pm.  
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Clear morn. I Took Breakfast at mr Westons and went to mr Hamlins & Burtuns. Dind with mrs Hamlin. Lucy Cassety went from Capt Burjess this Day. I Came from Hamlins, Calld to see mrs Childs and mrs Pollard, then prosceded homeward. met mr Ballard who Conducted me home tho thro Some difuculty. I find my family as well as usual and that Jona has Securd his Boards. rain & high wind in ye night. at mr Westons & other Neigrs

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.