Martha Ballard's Diary, August 18 - 20, 1794

18 2
Clear morn. Dolly was up in ye night past a number of times. I gatherd my Safron, helpt Do hous work foren. Silva Moore look Breakfast & Dend here. Dolly Seems a little better. mr Hamlin Calld me to See his infant, it is very Sick. I went from there to mr Thwings & Kimbals. was Calld in hast by mr Pitts, his wife being thought near her Dissolution. I tarried there all night, was in bed from 12h to 4. Shee revivd & rested Some. at mr Hamlins, Kimbals, Thwing & Pittss
19 3
Clear, a fine air. mrs Pitts was So Comfortable that Shee Sett in her Easy Chair 3 hours foren, had a feavour fitt aftern & was very much put to it for Breath. revivd a little and I went to See mr Hamtins infant, find it much revivd. Dagt Pollard gave it Suck this Day. I returnd home at Sun Sett. I Calld to See mrs Pitts, Shee is not So well as Shee Could wish. my Dagt Dolly is a be little better. at mr Hamtins, Pitts & Pittss
20 4
Clear & Cool. I gatherd my Safron and Did other matters about house foren. was Calld at 12 O Clok to See mrs Pitts who had an alteration. Shee Seemd in a Drousy State, her hands & feet Cold, but Shee revivd. I tarried & watcht with her, the Indiens were noisy which Disturbd her the Evng but Shee had the most natural rest after 12 which I have known her in her illness. at mr Pittss & Hamlins. Indiens about this Evn, very Noisy.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.