Martha Ballard's Diary, July 16 - 22, 1793

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X. Birth John Coutches 3d Son. XX.
Cloudy morn, raind aftern. I was Calld at Sun rise to See John Coutches wife who was in Labour. Shee was Safe Delivd of a fine Son at 7h 30m morn. I receivd 6/ as a reward & left my Patients very Comfortable, & returnd home at 10. mr Pollard, Pitts, Son Jona, their wives, mrs Burton & Cyrus Dind here. we had a fine Loin of Veal & String Beens. mr Ballard was Calld to mr Kennadies at Evn. at John Coutches. Birth 34th. my Childn here. Jonas wife & Childn tarry all night.  
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Clear part of ye Day. Sally & her little Sons went from here aftern, Dolly & S. Cox went to Son Pollards with her. I have been at home. Dolly tarries at her Sisters. Cyrus Came here. at home. Jonas wife & Children went home.  
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Clear & warm. mr Ballard & Ephm mowing & makeing hay. mrs Pitts here weaving. I have been at home. at home. mrs Pitts weaving here.  
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Cloudy & Some rain. mrs Pitts here weaving. I have been at home, was informd that Son Towns Child Expird ye 10th inst. may the triall be Sanctifyed to Eatch of us. at home. mrs Pitts got her web out & went home.  
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Clear. I have been at home. mrs Pitts got her web out & went home. Dolly Came home at Evn. mr Ballard got his hay in. at home. Cyrus Sleeps here.  
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Clear. mr Ballard, my Self & two Sons attended public worship. I went to my Sons in ye intermition, their infant is unwell. I Calld to See Son Pollard, he is lame. mr Pitts is very unwell with a Cold, Dolly went there after meeting. al meeting & at my Sons.  
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Clear & warm. I have been at home. Dolly & Sally went to Capt Coxs. mr Ballard & Ephm mowing. Cyrus Sleeps here. at home. ye Girls to Capt Coxs.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.