Martha Ballard's Diary, March 7 - 10, 1796

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Clear and Cold. Cyrus went and Conducted my Dagt Lambart here, then he attended us to the hook to ye Stores where I purchast at Moses Sewals one patern for a goun, 1_ yds Lining, one Shawl, 1_ yds ribbond, 1 oz thread, _ lb hisan Tea, 6_ lb Sugar, 2 Cards Great pins, 1 Skein Silk. at Magr FileBrowns 7 lb flower, _ lb Shushon Tea. we returnd at noon after Calling to See mrs Norcros and Hinkley. Dind and went to mr Densmores and Spent the remainder of the Day. at the hook Stores. Bot at Roland Smiths 6_ yds Callico at 4/ yd; 2 @ 3/.  
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Clear and Cold. mr Ballard is gone to Colo Howards. mr Saml Norcross Calld me to See his wife who is not So well as Shee Could wish. I gave her a portion of Dgn Bd and lefe Some for her to take if necesary. Doct Ward and Jessy Bullin here. Sary Neall and Suky Kennady Spent Evng here. Son Ephm Sleeps here. at mr Saml Norcrosss
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Birth Capt Neys Son. recd 6/ Sept 7, 1797.
Clear and Cold. I was Calld at 3h morn to See the Lady of Capt Ney who was Deld about 5 of a Son, which wd 13_ lb. it Measured round ye Breast (after being Drest in thin Cloaths) 18_ inches. I left her and infant Cleverly after breakfast. Calld to See mrs Norcross, find her but feeble. mr Ballard went to ye hook, Cyrus been to Pittstn. Nabby washt and went to See her Sister, Phillip is gone to his Fathers. I was at mr Morses. at Capt Neys and mr Norcss. Birth 11th. John Jonston & his wife Sleep here.  
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Cloudy. mr Ballard went to the fort on business. mr Johnson, his wife and Rufus Ballard went from here. mrs Densmore and Mary here. Benn Porter Dind here. I went to mr Dingleys at Evng to See Nancy Hilton, Shee is unwell. at mr Dinglys. mrs Densmore & [Dagt] here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.