Martha Ballard's Diary, September 14 - 17, 1793
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
at mr Buzells, New France.
X. Birth Slepn Hinklys Son by Judy Buzell, out of
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.
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.
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: www.doHistory.org. Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.