Martha Ballard's Diary, August 31 - September 7, 1795

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rainy. I have been at home. the hoop of my Soap Barrels broke and let my Soap out. I had a great fatague in geting it up; lost a good deal. at home. James Moore, his wife is unwell.  
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rainy. I have been at home. mr Ballard went and bot Some Pork. at home.  
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raind. I have been at home. mr Ballard makeing a plan. Sally went to Sons Pollards & Lambarts. at home. Benn Porter Sleeps here.  
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Clear after the morn. mr Porter Bot a Cow of mr Ballard, he and Richd Foster Dind here. Ephm went to help him Drive his Cow a piece. I have Done house work, took Care of my Pickles. at home.  
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Clear. Dagt Lambart and Sally Hamlin Dind here. James Moore Calld me to See his wife who is very unwell. mrs Crage, Burtun and others were here after I left home. at James Moores.  
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Clear. I Spent ye Day at James Moores, gave his wife Dragons Blood which abated her Complaint. at Ditoes.  
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Clear. I left mrs Moore Some more Comfortable, walkt to Colo Duttuns farm, wrode mr Moores hors 2 miles then wrode with Eunis Cottle allmost to mr Danas. Calld there, took Tea. her Childn, the Twins, have got the itch or Some other humir. I walkt home from there, find that mr [sic] Sons wife and my own Dagts have been here, Cyrus allso. mr Gows Child and a Child of Daniel Carrs Expird this morn at ye hook. at Ditoes. Deaths of mr Daniel Carrs and Gows Childn this morn.  
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Clear Except a light Shower. I went to the Stores at the hook and to See mrss Molloy. Shee has a Soar fingr. I attended prayers at the funerals of mr Carrs and mr Gows Childn. Calld at Capt Fellebrowns, his infant is unwell. at the hook. attended at the funeral of two Children.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.