Martha Ballard's Diary, February 1 - 4, 1792
Sun Shine & Cloudy by turns, the wind Westwd. mr Ballard returnd
from pittstn, Brot Some Cloath which he bot of mr
Barker, & went to mr Savages. I have been at home kniting
on my own Stockin.
X. Birth Capt FilleBrown Dagt &
first Child. XX.
Clear & pleast. I was Calld to see mrs Randal at ye
Sitty. Shee removd from Shuball Hinkleys in the night. I
was Calld from there at 12h to Capt F Browns, his Lady had her women
Calld at 1h pm, & was Safe Deld of a Dagt which wd
10lb at 1h 45m pm, & is Cleverly.
Shee was very ill indeed before Delivery.
at mr Randals & Capt
F Browns. Birth 9th. my Dagts went to Pittstn
X. Birts [Seth], Williamss Dagt. XX.
Clear, a very Sharp air ys morn. I was Calld from ye
Capts at 2h 30m morn by mr Williams, arivd at 3. his
Lady was very ill & was Safe Deld at 3h 45m &
Seems Cleverly. I left there & returnd to ye
Capts at 6h 50m.
|took mr Willms gave
me 6/ as a reward. I went to See mis Randal, find her more Comfortable
and returnd home, attended by Capt F Brown who bestowd
Two Crowns & a Tea pot & Sett of Tea Dishes for my Servis
there. mrs Densmore here, Cutt my Goun. mrs Lidia Cleark Sleeps
here. I feel a great deal falagud. Dolly at home.
at mr Williamss, ye
Capts & mr Randals. Birth 10th.
Cloudy. mrs Lidia & Dolly went to mr Densmores aft
Breakfast. Lidia Came back & wrode down on ye
Carriage yt Ephm was going to mill with.
mr Ballard went to mr Shepherds, bot 2 bushl Corn @ 3/;
to mr Livermores got 2 lb raisens a /8, 2 Skeins Silk a /4-1/2;
to Colo Duttuns bot W.E.R. 2/1 ; to mr Dumers &
bot 3 yds Sarsnet @ 2/6 pr yd, 1 Sheat past bord /8. I have
been at home, finisht footing my worsted hoes & began
a pair of yarn ones. Ephm been to Pittstn
mill. Cyrus Came home with him.
Source: www.doHistory.org. Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.