Martha Ballard's Diary, August 1 - 5, 1796

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Shines & Showers. I have been much Exercised with pain but have workt in my Gardin the most of the Day. I hear mr Livermore and Capt Pages wife are unwell. my Son Came and Carried his Sons home. mr Capin Sleeps here. at home.  
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Clear. I helpt Do the house work foren, went to Son Lambarts aftern. her Dear little infant has got the thrush. I went to mr Baxters and Voces. Calld to See Dagt Pollard, Shee & Childn are well. I returnd home, went to mr Beemans, find her not So well as Could be wisht. mr Capin has been writing for mr Ballard on plans. At Son Lambarts and others.  
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Clear. I have been Collecting herbs, working in my gardin &C. I have been very unwell, but went to See mrs Dingly. Shee Expects to Sett out for Boston tomorrow. Pally washt and went to Son Pottards and Lambarts. they are as well as usual Except the infant who has a Soar mouth. at mr Dingleys.  
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Clear and Cool. mr Dingley and his wife, with others, Sett out for Boston this morn. I went to Son Lambarts, find her Cleverly and the infant as well as we Could Expect. Revd mr Stone there to visit, mrs Hamlin, Savage & Benjamin allso. Ephm Came home with me. at Son Lambarts.  
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X. Birth mr Judsons Dagt. XX.
Clear. I was Calld to See mrs Judsun at the hook at 7h morn. Shee was Deld at 3h pm of a Dagt, her 3d Child, all Daugts. I left her & infant Cleverly and returnd home a little before Sun Sett. mrs Pickford was here. at mr Judsons. Birth 40. receivd 9/as a reward.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.