Martha Ballard's Diary, July 29 - August 4, 1793

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Clear. mr Ballard went to Do business with mr Vauhn, Cyrus to work for him Self up abov here. I have been at home Doing hous work. Sally Spoold a warp. at home.  
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Cloudy, a fine rain at night. Dolly & Ephm relurnd from Son Towns, left them all Comfortable. I have been at home. at home.  
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rain foren, Clear aftern. I went to See Son Pollard & mrs Child, the former is Bitter, ye latter is much as Shee has been. mr Patridge, his Lady & Ruth Rockwood here while I was absent. at Son Pollards & mr Childs.  
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Clear. mr Ballard Doing Business at the hook. my Girls washt foren & went to Quillt for mrs Pollard. I went to See Polly Livermore who is Siesd with St Vites Daunce. was Calld at 11h to See Black Hitty, went by water. at mr Livermrs & Griffins.  
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X. Birth Black hitties Son. XX.
Clear. I put my Patient to Bed with a Son at 1h, morn & returnd home about Sunrise; took a nap. mrs Livermr Sent for me to help her Dress a blister on Pattys neck. mrs Benjamin here to have a goun made. mrs Porter, Pitts & Dagt Pollard here. mr Ballard been at the hook part of this Day. at Grifins & mr Livermors. Birth35th. receivd 6/ may 17th 1795.  
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Clear. mr Ballard & Son giting in hay. I went to See Patty Livermore, find her a little more Composd, mrs Densmore there. Cyrus informs me yt Jonas Son Jona is unwell. at mr Livrmrs
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Clear & hott, my famely all, Except my Self, attended worship forenn. I went aftern, was informd that little Jona was very ill; went to See him. Patty Town Sleeps here. at meeting. my Son & mr [Child hi we wors ].  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.