Martha Ballard's Diary, July 10 - 14, 1794

10 5
Clear. mr Ballard & Sons & James Sturges went to hear Coart. mrs Page went from here before noon. Dolly made a Callico goun for Polly Page and Shee went away to go home with her Mother. Son Jonas wife here. Dolly went with her to Son Pollards. mrs Benjamin Sent me 6/ for asisting her in Labour with her last Child, which was Born Jany 13th 1794. at home. Son Town & [P ] Baker & a manfrom Penobscott Sleep here this night.  
11 6
Clear. I workt in my Gardin. mr Ballard & Cyrus gone to Coart. I was Calld to mrs Plaisted who was in Labour with her first born. I wrode a mans Saddle which fatagud me very much. I Slept none this night. my Patient not very ill. mrs Bradstreat & Dore & mrs Church there. at mr Plaisteds.  
12 7
Cloudy & Some rain. I was at Ditoes, my Patient remains poorely, her women went home. I Slept a little. at Ditoes. Andrus & Son Jonas [Caus tryd].  
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X. Birth mr Plaisteds Son. XX.
Cloudy morn. mrs Plaisted was Delivd at 10h morn of a Son. I left her before 12 and arivd at home at 1, feel Some fatagud as I have not been undresst Since I left home. mr [sic] famely are all gone to meeting at the meeting house. I killd about 30 flees & Changd my Cloaths, feel refreshed. mr Plaisted bestowd 9/ as a reward for my Service. Dolly Calld to See mr Pitts & Dagt Pollard. mrs Pitts is very low. at Ditoes. Birth 29th. receivd 9/.  
14 2
Clear & very warm. mr Ballard & Cyrus attended Coart. I went to See Daugt Pollard, find her more Comfortable; to mr Pittes, his wife is very feeble but Shee wrode my hors to Son Pollards. I was at mr Capens to See mrs Page who has Scolt her foot. The Cause between Andruos & Son Jona was tried Last Satterday & went in favour of ye Latter. may he for the futer be Carefull to gard against giving way to passion & liv a Sober life is the Earnest wish of me, his affectionate mother. at Son Pollards, Pills & mr Capins.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.