Martha Ballard's Diary, October 2 - 5, 1794
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.
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.
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.
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: www.doHistory.org. Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.