Martha Ballard's Diary, August 29 - September 6, 1791

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Clear. mr Ballard been to mr Vahns. I have been at home. mr Cragg wrode here, but is feeble. at home, gatherd one musk mellon yesterd & 4 this.  
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Cloudy foren, Clear aftn. I have been at home. mr Ballard Thrasht Peas. my Dagts washt at ye river. at home.  
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rainy. I have been at home. mr John Jones Sleeps here. at home.  
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X. Birth Esqr Juetts Dagt. XX.
Clear & Pleast. Jona is gone to Winslow. I was Calld by Esqr Juett to See his Lady at 1h pm, arivd at 2. Shee was Safe Deld at 3 of a Dagt, her 8th Child; ye number of Sex are Equal. mrs Dearburn, Broadst, Shaw, Barry & Lang attendants. I wrode home alone, arivd at 9 Evn. the hors pestyrd me, but I got Safe thro. at Esqr Juetts. Birth 23st
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Clear Except a Shower. mr Ballard & Cyrus went to pitts town. I was at mr Livermores & mr Densmores. Son Town Sleeps here. Esqr Juett Came for his hors, gave me 6/ as a reward for my assisting his Lady yesterday. at mr Livermrs & mr Densmores. Son Town here.  
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Clear. mr Ballard Surveying for Capt Hersey. Son Town left here at ye 12th hour. mrs Welch warpt hand kerchfs here. I have been at home, gatherd Seeds &C. at home. Georg Brown Dind here.  
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Clear. mr Ballard & I & Sons attended Divine Servic, the Revd mr Farrah of New Ipswich Performd. Georg Brown here. Polly mc kekny here. at meeting. Peter Grant & Nancy Barker, Thos Norris & mary Shepherd Publisht.  
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Clear. Wilm Haywood & Polly Bisbe here. mrs Livermr & I went to help mrs Hinkley quillt a Bed quillt. I find mr Strattne & Lady here on my return, mr J Jones allso. at mr Shuball Hinkleys. mr Straton & Lady Sleep here.  
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Cloudy & misty morn. mr Dingler Came here when we were at Breakft to hurry mr Strattne. they Sett out Directly for to go on board Capt Springer bound for Boston. it has raind Stedily this Day. I have been at home kniting. at home. mr Straten & Lady went from here. I Sent 6/ by her to purchace me Some Cambric.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.