Martha Ballard's Diary, August 4 - 8, 1794

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Cloudy morn, Clear aftern. mr Ballard is gone to Survey for mr Wesson & Esqr Howard. I have gatherd Safron, radish pods & parsnip Seed, Done my house work & made Some Pills for my Dagt Dolly. Sally weaving. Ephm wounded his foot. Dolly Came home, informs me that Hannah & her Babe are not So well as Could be wisht. at home, heard mrs Pitts was not so well.  
5 3
Clear & very warm. I have workt in my Garden all Day, wed it all over where there were beds. Sally washt, Dolly wove 3_ yds. mr Ballard went to Esqr Conys, the boys pulld flax. I hear that mrs Pitts is much the Same. at home. wed Gardin.  
6 4
Clear. mr Ballard Sett out for Farmingtn. Dolly went to Jonas. I was Calld to mr Hamlins to See his Babe, it has a Disentary; his wife is mending. Calld to See Dagt Pollard, Shee is better. mrs Pitts is more Comfortable this Day. Sally wove 3_ yds, ye Boys finisht pulling our flax. at mr Hamlins, Pittss & mr Pollards & Sons. Hannah 25 yr old ys Day.  
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Clear. the Boys went to fince the Stacks of hay. Sally went to See mrs Pitts, finds her more unwell. I had been to work in my Gardin & was fatagud, but went & watcht. Shee has a Disentary and much grip. at Shubal Pittss, his wifevery Sick. I watcht. wrote to Doct Barton.  
8 6
Clear. I have been with mrs Pitts all Day, Shee has been very Sick. her husband returnd home, brot her Some Port wine. I left her at Sun Sett. Calld at Son Pollards, took Tea. Dolly is there. at Ditoes. mrs Pitts very ill.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.