Martha Ballard's Diary, November 23 - 27, 1795
Clear and not Cold. Son Jona brot his wife and infant to See us,
they returnd home at Evng. I have Done my hous work
and Bakt. mr Gill here, Says his wife is not So well
as Could be wisht. we receivd a Letter this Day from
at home. Son Jona, his wife
and Dagt here. we receivd a Letter fm Doct Waters.
Clear. mr Ballard Surveying for Esqr Hayward. I was Calld to See Mary Densmore, find her Less Exercisd with pain than Shee was a Sunday. Ephm workt there foren with ye oxen. mrs Cumings there. I Breud after I Came home and Cut pumpkins to Drie.
at mr Densmores.
Clear Except a light Shower. I have Done my house work and Scowerd
35 Skeins of woolen warp. mr Ballard Surveying for Esqr Hayward.
Derias workt here forn, went to ye hook
at home. am much fatagud with my work.
Clear and Cool. I have been Doing my house work and Nursing my Cow,
her Bag is amazeingly Sweld. Derias went from here.
mr Ballard and Ephm got wood home. Cyrus Cleand wheat and
went to the fort. Sarah went to watch with
Mary Densmore. Doct Williams Came there. Shee returnd,
and Sarah Densmore with her, at 11h Evn. I have been Picking
wool till then. A womans work is Never Done as ye
Song Says, and happy Shee whos Strength holds out to
the End of ye rais. it is now near ye middle
of the night and mr Densmore Calls me to his house. I Sett
up till Day.
at mr Densmores. Doct Williams there
to See his Dagt Mary.
Clear and pleasant. Doct Cony Came, he and Williams Examined and
Consulted Mary Densmors Case. their result is that
there is no help to be Expected from Phisitions. I Came home at
noon, was Calld at Sun Sett by mr Bullin to go and See the wife
of Timothy Page, find her very unwell when I arivd. mrs Bullin,
Adkins & White there, and mrss Cocks. I had a
Severe turn of Cramp in my Limbs in ye night. the Auther
of all my Mercies heard my petition and grantd me relief. the
Ladies who were there used me with great kindness.
at Ditoes and at Timothy Pages. I had
the Cramp ys night at mr Pages.
Source: www.doHistory.org. Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.