Martha Ballard's Diary, December 20 - 27, 1791

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the Sun Shone part of ye foren. mr Ballard is gone to Survey Land for Asa Cumings. Ephm went to mr Selvesters, brot home a pair of Calf Skin Slippers for Hannah. Wm Haywood Dind, Supt & Sleeps here; mr Baker of Unity Supt & Sleeps. I have been at home. Jona workt at the Coart house. at home. mr Baker here.  
21 4
A very Serene, Pleast morn. I was Calld upon to go to winslow. I went on hors Back to mr Wessons, Crost ye river on foot, wrode in a Sleigh, arivd at Esqr Lethgows at 4h pm. t I went to winslow to Esqr Lithgows
22 5
A Snow Storm. I was at Esq Lithgows. at Ditoes.  
23 6
Clear. I helpt mrs Lithgow make Cake & Pies & knit on my Stockin. at Ditoes.  
24 7
Clear. I finisht my Stockin. my patient was unwell all Day. at Does.  
25 B
X. Birth Esqr Lithgows Son. XX.
Snowd & was Cold. mrs Lithgow was very unwell all Day. her women were Calld in towards Evng & Shee was Safe Delivrd of a fine Son at 10 h Evn, and is Cleverly. mrs Pettee, Stackpool, Thomas & Collar taried all night. at Does. Birth [36]th. I Sett up with my Patient, her first Born.  
26 2
Clear. I was at the Esqrs, mrs Bridg Came there at 8 Evng, her Dagt is Cleverly. mrs Stackpl & I Slept together. at Does. mrs Bridg Came there.  
27 3
Clear & very Pleast. mrs Stackpl went home. I went to my Son Towns, tarried about an hour, returnd to the Esqrs. Sett out from there at 1h pm, arivd at home at 8 Evn. I left my Patients Cleverly, find my famely So. Esqr Lethgow made me a reward of 24/ & a Callico goun patron & 1 yd Cloth Linning. returnd home. was at Towns, all well there. mrsStrattne there.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.