Martha Ballard's Diary, October 21 - 25, 1794

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Cloudy & moderate. mr Ballard been up to fort, at ye hook. Cyrus to winthrop for Jon as hors. I have helpt Do hous work & knitt. Pally Easty warpt & Beemd a web & went to Jon as for hernes. I was Calld at 10h Evn to See mrs Robbins who is unwell. I went to bed after 2h morn. at mr Robbins.  
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X. Birth Chandler Robbinss Son. XX.
Cloudy. mrs Robbins Linguerd till 4h pm when her illness Came on. Doct Parker was Called but Shee Did not wish to See him when he Came & he returnd home. Shee was Safe Deld of a Son, her first Born, at 10h 30m Evn & is as well as Can be Expected. I tarried & watcht. mrs Ney was there and Shee only, Except ye famely. at mr Robbins. Birth 42nt
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Cloudy. mr Robbins went and brot mrs Voce to Nurs his wife, & Conducted me home in a Boat. he gave me 18/ as a reward. I found mrs Baker at our house on my return. at Ditoes. receivd 18/.  
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Clear. mr Ballard very unwell with a Disentary, voids blood. I went to mr Bulluns, Baxters & Son Pollards. Snowd at Evn. at mr Burtuns & others.  
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X. Birth magr Sticknys 2nt Son. XX.
Cloudy. I was Calld by Magr Stickney at 4h morn to See his Lady in Labour. Shee was Safe Deld at 2h pm of her 4th Child, a Son. her women tarried till near night when we left her & infant Cleverly. I receivd 6/ as reward. find mr Ballard is better & gone to ye hook. at mgr Stickneys. Birth 43d. mr [Ballard] is more [Comfortable. we       ].  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.