Martha Ballard's Diary, December 21 - 27, 1793

21 7
Clear. I have at home. Did ye house work, had a pain in my head at Evng. Ephm went to thee Meddow, put on a pair of new Trousers. mr Ballard had a pair New boots made at Beemans. at home.  
22 F
Cloudy. I have had a Sick Day. Mr Child Came for me to go & See his wife but I Could not. at home.  
23 2
Clear. I made Candle wiks & Dipt 27 Dozn three times over when mr Child Came for me, his wife very Sick. mrs Pollard & Patridg there. we tarried all night. at mr Child.  
24 3
Birth John Badcks Dagt.
Clear. I mrs Childs a little Easier. I was Calld to John Badcoks to See his wife at 1h pm. Shee was Safe Deld of a Dagt at 9. I tarried all night, mr [sic] patient as well as Could be Expected; the Negro Doctres there. at Ditoes & Badcoks. Birth 53d. mrs Childs had Doct Cony with her this night.  
25 4
Cloudy morn, a Snow Storm aftern. I returnd to mr Childs, his wife very ill. I was Calld at Evn to mr Pollards to See mr Blak & [Davids] Childrn, they are ver [torn page]. at mr Childs & Pollards. mrs Dickmans Child [Expird] yester[night].  
26 5
Clear [torn page]   
27 6
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Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.