Martha Ballard's Diary, October 1 - 6, 1796

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Clear. I went after Breakfast to Son Lambarts, they were Seting out for to go to mr Capins. I assisted them to Dress & See them Depart, then went to Son Pollards, they are well Except little Hannah. Shee is better than Shee was. I Came home near night. Cyrus & Ebenz housd our flax. Cyrus then went to the hook, bot at F Browns & Stratns _ gln Spirit & 1 lb Coffee, paid Cash 6/. Son Ephm Came to Sleep here. at Sons Pollards & Lambts, the latter went to Varsalboro.  
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Clear. my famely, all Except my Self, attended worship all Day. I Did aftern, & Calld to See Shubal Pittss wife. Shee was faint and went out of meeting. Son Ephm Came and Supt with me and returnd home. at meeting & at Shubal Pittss
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X. Birth Antony Brackets Son. XX.
Clear Part of the Day, rain at night. I have Swept my Chambers & lower rooms, & Done other matters. Pally mended me a quillt. I was Calld to See the wife of Anthony Bracket at 9h Evn, was fatagud with my hors & the bad roads. Shee was Deld of a Son at 11. I tarried all night, mother and infant are as well as Can be Expected. at Anthony Bracketts.  
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X. Birth Anton y Bracketts Son. XX.
A rainy Day. I left my patients Cleverly after Breakfast and Came to Son Jonas; a very heavy Shower while I was there. my Son Conducted me as far as ye meeting house where we met with mr Dingly, who Desird me to go & See his wife who is very unwell. I Calld there, Shee Seems Some better. I arivd at home at Dusk, feel fatagud. at Ditoes & Son Jonas & mr Dingleys.Birth 47. receivd 9/ as a reward.  
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Clear. I have been at home. Collins Moore & wife Dind here. mrs Burgin, her Dagt & grand Dt took Tea. I wrote to Doct Barton and Bror Collins Moore. at home, had Compy. I wrote to my friends at Oxford.  
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Cloudy part of the Day. Son Town here, informs me his wife is not able to walk by reason of a wound Shee receivd 3 weaks ago ys night. Becky Robbins went to the hook this aftern. we had [ 1 Bushel new Corn ground ys day ]. at home. Son Town here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.