Martha Ballard's Diary, November 11 - 15, 1794

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Snowd, the ground Coverd foren, mostly Gone before night. I have been working on the raggs, Dolly helpt me. She wrode to mr Burtuns, brot a pitcher home which Shee bot of him, Cost 9/. at home.  
12 4
Clear. mr Ballard Sett out to Survey Land beyend 25 mile Pond. I have been futed a pair hoes for Ephm. Cyrus brot 2 Dishes, 12 plates, one Chr Pott which Dolly bot of mr Burtun. I have been at home. at home.  
13 5
Clear. I have been at home. Eph workt for Son Jona, Cyrus went to mill, had Jonas hors. at home.  
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Clear. I went to See mrs Baxters, Shee thinks Shee is no better. John Chamln Calld me from there to Anthony Brackets, his wife is unwell but Seems better, Slept Cleverly. I was there all night. Snowd at night. at mr Baxters & Brackets.  
15 7
XX. Birth mr James Burtns Son at XX 11h 5m morn; mr XX Brackets Son at 10h Evn. XX.
Snowd. mr Burtun Came to Bracketts for me about Day to go & See his wife who is in labr. Shee was Deld at 11h 5m foren of a Son. I Dind there, was Calld back to mr Bracketts, his wife in Labour & was Deld at 10h Evn of a Son, her first born. Shee was very ill. I tarried all night. mr Bracket gave me 6/7 as a reward. mrs Boltn Slept there, the other women went home. at mr Burtuns & Brackets. Births45th and 46th. recd 6/7 of Bracket.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.