Martha Ballard's Diary, April 27 - 30, 1795

27 2
Clear till near night. I went to mr Capins, find her mending; to mr Abbots, his wife is Cleverly; to mr Hamlins, his wife is unwell; at mr Dickmans, receivd 9/ on Benn Branches acount for assisting his wife in Child Birth. I Calld at mr Smiths and took Tea, went and Slept at Son Pollards. I was in great Danger by a fall from the hors but Escapt unhurt thro Gods preserving mercy. at Son Pollards and other Neigrs. a rainy night. preservd when in Danger by a fall from a hors.  
28 3
rainy. mr Baxter Came to Son Pollards for me to go and Attend his wife in the operation of an Emetic. it had a favourable opperation and I Came to mr Blacks [&] took Tea with her, went to Son Pollards and Slept. at mr [Baxters] and others. Dolly bot a Barril Cyder in a vessel, Price [21/].  
29 4
Clear. I Came home, wrode a hors of Son Jonas, find mrs Young here helping Dolly Strike A harnis. Doct Cony here for a plan. at Son Pollards.  
30 5
Clear. mr Hodges workt here, his wife here on a visit. I have hatchild 11 lb 3 oz flax. Sally washt, Dolly Spining Linning. at home. mrss Hodges was here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.