Martha Ballard's Diary, September 14 - 17, 1793

14 7
Clear. I Did house work till near night & workt in my Gardin. Sally & I made Some Pies. I was Siesd with a Severe Pain in my Back which lasted an hour when I Seemd freed there from. mr Buzell Calld me to go & See his Sister Judy who was in Labr. I arivd at his house about Dusk. I felt the Collick before I reacht there, was Severely Exercised with it thro the night. at mr Buzells, New France.  
15 F
X. Birth Slepn Hinklys Son by Judy Buzell, out of Wedlock. XX.
Clear. I was Still Labouring under the triall of ye Collick. mrs Hinkley took great Care of me, I was Easier towards night when my Patients illness Came on more regular, and Shee was Safe Deld at 5h pm of a fine Son, which Shee Declard Stephen Hinkly is thee true father off. Shee is as well as can be Expected. I am Exceeding feeble thro the night. at Dittoes. Birth 39th. I receivd 6/. there is 2/ Due for hors & medisin.  
16 2
Cloudy & Some rain. I Sett out, weak as I was, & wrode home. Find Dolly very unwell. Shee wrode to her Bror Pollards & her Sistr & mrs Pitts Came here to See me. Polly Livermr took Tea here. I Drank 2 Cups of Tea & Eat a Little, which is the first food I have taken Since Saterdy noone, Except thin gruel. I made a Decoction of feavr fu, peneroial & Cammomile for my Self & Dagt. at Ditos. Left Judy & infant Comfortable.  
17 3
Cloudy & rain. I feel much more Comfortable my Self. Dolly is very unwell this forenoone. Shee went to her Sisters aftern. mrs Densmore warpt a webb of 42 yds here. at home. Dolly to her Sisters.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.