Martha Ballard's Diary, July 9 - 14, 1792

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X. Birth Wilm Swantns Dagt. XX.
Cloudy & a moderate rain aftern. I was Calld ys morn to See mrs Swanton who is in Labour with her first Child. Shee was Safe Deld at 9h Evng of a fine Dagt. mother & inft are Cleverly. I tarried thro thee night. at Capt Savages. Birth 26th. I receivd 6/ as a reward.  
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rainy. I returnd home at 6h morn. feel Some falagud, went to Bed & Slept. Sett plants aftern. at Dtoes. 
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Clear & hott. I have not been So well as I Could wish but workt Some in my Gardin; removd Some Beets. I gatherd String Beens, ye first we have had ys Summer. mr Ballard & Ephm been mowing. mr Benn Leighton Sleeps here. at home. mr Ballard began to mow his Grass at home. we had String Beens.  
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Clear. mr Ballard has been giting Hay. Ephm has been unwell ys aftern, not able to Sett up. his Dady Complains off a pain in his Back. I applid Burdock Leavs, wiltid in Spirrit. I houghd Gardin foren & raiked hay aftern. Hannah & Dolly went to mr Burtuns, find his Brors wife & mrs Oliv Hamlin there. mrs Livirmore here at Evn. at home. Ephm is unwell.  
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Cloudy part of ye Day. mr Ballard went to ye meddow, he is freer from Pain. Ephm is able to work. I have been at home. mrss Ferwell, Lee, & mrs Betsy Howard here. at home. Hains Learned Sleeps here.  
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Clear. mr Savage Calld me to See his wife, Shee has a pain in her Ear & face. I went to my Sons & mr Burtuns, Bot a Lenten hand krcf @ 4/6, at mr WeSsoms Bot pint & half Brandy, Cost 2/1. at my Sons & at Neigrs

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.