Martha Ballard's Diary, March 18 - 24, 1794

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Clear & Pleast. we are makeing Soap. mr Thads Snell was here, Gave me 7/4 as a reward for attending his wife in Child Birth Jany 14th, 1793. my son Jona was here, informs me his wife is unwell. I sent her Some medisin. mr Freeman here, had 3 Sheets, Dead Blanks, to Carry to mr Ballard. informs me he was well last first Day. I have been at home. at home. heard fm mr Ballard. funeralJohn Badcks wife.  
19 4
Clear & Pleast. I have been at home makeing Soap, have filld one Barl. I Sell up very late to finish it. at home.  
20 5
X. Birth James Savages Son. XX.
Clear morn, Cloudy aflern. I was Calld at 8h morn to See the wife of James Savage, Shee was Safe Deld of a fine Son at 1h pm. I left her Comfortable & returnd homewd as far as my Son Jonas, arivd there at 7h Evn, tarried all night. my Dagt is a little more Comforlable than Shee was. at James Savages. Birth 11th. mr SavgSent me 2 Bushl Corn to my Sons.  
21 6
Cloudy, Some rain Early ys morn. I Came home from my Sons, the roads are bad. I walkt Down ye hill beyend Joness mill. at my Sons.  
22 7
At home, Do not feel So well as I Could wish. at home.  
23 E
Clear. mr Ballard went to meeting at ye hook. Colo Sewall Calld me to his house, his Lady is not very well. at Colo Sewalls  
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Clear. I was at Colo Sewalls. at Ditoes.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.