Martha Ballard's Diary, August 29 - September 1, 1794
Clear after Sun rise. we had a fine Shower after 1h ys
morn. I left mrs Pitts revivd & returnd home at
at Shubal Pittss, his wife very ill
|30 7 mrs Davis & mrs Porter Sleep here
this night. Rachel Cumings, who is Crazy, here ys
Day. Broke Down Corn, Beens & other misChief. we Confind
her & Sally & I led her to mr Hinkleys who has the Care
of her. Shee is an object of pitty, may God restore her reason
if Consistant with his Divine will. mrs Davis, Porter here. Rachel
Cumings here. Crazy.
X. Birth Nathl Thwings Son.
Clear. I was Calld to See mrs Thwing who was in Labour, Deld her
of a Son at 10h morn. receivd 6/ as a
reward & returnd as far as mr Pittss, tarried &
watcht. Capt Coxs wife with, we apprehend
mrs Pitts near the Close of life.
at mr Thwings. Birth 33d.
watcht with mrs Pitts.
Clear. mrs Cocks went from mr Pittss to my
house ys morn. I went home aftern,
took Tea with mrs Cocks & returnd to mr Pittss.
old mrs Pollard & mrs Barton watcht till near Day.
at mr Pittss, his wife had a very Distrest
night till near day, after which Shee Slept a Sweet knap.
When I rose, and they retird to take Some rest at 6 OClock, Shee
Desird mr Pitts & I to moov her & fix her Bed. we Did &
laid her in again. Shee Expird in a very Short Space without
a Strugle Except Distress for Breath. we have reason
to hope our loss her gain. A Clear Day. I Came home from mr
Pittss after we had Performd our last Ofice
of friend Ship, Except her interment. my Son Ephm
went to inform his friends at winthrop. it is four
months this Day Since I was Calld to See my Dead Neace who was
Seisd with this, her last illness, which Shee has born with Christian
meekness and humility. Shee has manifested her regard to
Christianity by an opne Profission of religion & receiving the
ordinance of Baptism. we morn the los of her Company, but have
the greatest reason to hope that Shee has Changd this for a a
[sic] world in which Shee will be free from all pain and Sorrow,
joind with Glorified Saints to Sing Redeeming lov.
at mr Pittss, his wife Expird.
Ephm is gone to inform his friends. at mr Pitts.
Source: www.doHistory.org. Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.