Martha Ballard's Diary, December 1 - 7, 1794

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Snowd & raind. I have been at home, hear that Son Jon a is Sick with the mumps. at home. widdow Fortis had a Son born.  
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Clear & pleast. mr Ballard makeing Plans. I have been at home. Leut H. Smith and wife & Polly Livermore Spent Evning here. I hear that Son Jon a is very unwell. at homee. we had Company.  
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Cloudy. I went to See my Son Jon a, find him a little better; to See mrs Baxter, Shee Seems mending. old mr Pollard is not So well as Could be wisht, nor mrs Barton. at Son Pollards, his Dads, mr Pitts.  
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Clear. mr Baxter brot his wife here. Shee wrode up to the mast Landing allso. mr Ballard been to mr Pollards & is gone to the hook. Mallw Haywood Esqr here, paid his taxes & took a receipt. Dolly been making Patch work. I began me a Stockin. at home. mr Baxter & his wife were here.  
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Clear. mr Ballard was at Esq Coneys & the hook, he took up two notes at mr John Sheppards. Dolly and Sally went to help Dagt Ballard quilLt a coat. I have been at home, knitt on my Stockin. at home. my Girls went to Son Jonas,he is Some better.  
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Clear. mr Ballard is gone to mr Follets. mr Densmore Butched a Swine for us. Dolly is mending Capps for me. mr Baxter & wife Calld here, Shee Seems more Comfortable. I finisht a Stockin and began an other. mr Ballard bot 6 lb Butter of mr Cumings. at home. mrs Baxter here.  
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Clear & Pleast. we had Son Jon as Sleigh. Dolly & I wrode to ye hook to meeting. I was Calld at 9h Evn by Asa Williams to See his wife. I gave her medesin and used means which gave relief, tarried all night. at hook meeting & at Asa Williamss.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.