Martha Ballard's Diary, February 1 - 5, 1794

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Clear. I returnd from mr Williamss, left my Patients as well as Could be Expectd. Calld to See mrs Hersey, Shee is Comforlable. I have receivd 9/ of Capt Hersey as reward for my Servec & 15/ of mr Williams. I Calld at mr Parkers, his Lady made me a prest of 1_ yds ribbin, her infant is better. at Ditos, Capt Herseys & mr Parkers.  
2 E
Clear & very Pleasant Candlemas. mr Ballard only of my famely attended worship in public. Son Town & wife & youngest Child, Son & Dagt Ballard & Childn, Son Pollard & Dagt here. at home. my Childn here.  
3 2
Clear. Son Town & Dagt went home with Jon a & wife. Jack is very well. L Faett is very unwell. I have been at home. mr Ballard up Street. at home. my Childn to Jonas.  
4 3
Clear. mr Town Came here, brot his Dagt Polly. Dolly & Sally went to Shubal Pittss with him. he & his wife returnd here to Sleep. I finisht kniting Pollys hoes and roasted a Turkey & washt hankercfs. at home. Son & Dagt Town & Patty Sleep here.  
5 4
Cloudy & very windy. Son & Dagt Town & yr Childn left here home ward bound. I fear they have Suferd with ye Cold. I have been at home, felt very unwell. at home. my Childn went from here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.