Martha Ballard's Diary, October 2 - 5, 1794

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Clear. Cyrus is gone to Jonas. Dolly warpt a piece & Drew it in, Dally Spining Tow. Ephm is diging Potatoes, he went aftern to See the Bridg over Joness Brook Raisd. I went to help mrs Hinkly quillt a Bed quillt. at Shubal Hinkleys. Colo Duttuns Lady Calld here.  
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Clear & pleasant. Dolly and Sally went this aftern to help mrs Hinkly quillt. Ephm workt for mr Desnmore. Selv Moore & James Sturges returnd home from Surveying. I have got in part of our Beets. mr Ballard arivd at home at 9h Evn in health, may we take a Seutalle notice of the goodness of provedince. at home. mr Ballard & his men returnd from their Tour of Surveying.  
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Clear. mr Ballard has been to ye fort & hook, Cyrus to work up Streat helping remove mr Pitts Store. Selva & James went away after Dinner. Dolly went to mr Shepherds, Bot me 1 yd & 1/4 peirshon @ 7/6, 2 yds ribbond @ /7 1 Skein Silk /4. I have been helping Do house work. Ephm was Siesd with a Severe fitt between 11 & 12h Evn, it was on him near an hour. we Calld mr Livermore & his wife, they tarried till he Seemd to be likely to rest, and went home. at home. Ephm had fitts this night. mr Livermr & wife were Calld [here turn] before morn.  
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Clear. Ephm was taken with an Other fitt about 2h this morn. we Calld mr Livermore again, thinking he was Expireing. he Came to his Sinces in Some Degree & Slept quietly before Day. mr Livermore tarried till morn. I laid down on ye bed with my Child & Slept a little. we were So fatagud we [did] not attend worship. at home. mr Ballard at meeting. Son & Dagt Pollard [here]. Ephm is Better.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.