Martha Ballard's Diary, November 22 - 26, 1796

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Cloudy, Snowd & haild at night. I have been at home. Son Town Sleeps here. mr Ballard & Cyrus went to help raise a mill fraim for mr James Bridg, it was began but not finisht. at home. Son Town Sleeps here.  
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haild. I was Calld to See mrss Dingley at 3h morn, Shee had an Excessive pain in her head, and Severe Pukeing. we gave her a Decoction of [Cherytreoine] which relievd her. mr Bedinton dind here. at mr Dingleys.  
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Clear and pleast, but Cold. the ice is Stopt in the river. mr Abram Page broke thro and crost with his Canoe. I went to See mrs Dingley, find her Cleverly. mrs Densmore Came there. I was Calld from there to See Anna Partrage who had Convulsed turns, but is revivd. I Sett up till after 1 O Clock. at Ditoes and at mr Partriges.  
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X. Birth Saml Damrins Dagt. XX.
Clear morn, Cloudy Day. I was Calld at 2h 15m ys morn from mr Partridges to See the wife of Saml Damerin who was in Labour. Shee was Safe Deld of a Dagt, her first born Child at 10h. I left Mother & infant Cleverly & arivd at home at 1h 30 munits. at mr Damrins. Birth 51st. receivd 9/ as a mrs Byrnss
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Birth mrss Byrnss Twins, both Dagts.
A great Snow fell last night & ys morn. I am at mrss Byrns as Shee was Siesd with her illness very Severe about noon. Calld her women a little before Sun Sett and Shee was Safe Deld of Two Daughters before 8h Evn. there was but a Short Space between the Births, they are fine Children. may God long preserv them. I Sett up with my Patients, mrs Canre and Benn Whites wife allso. it was a very Cold night. I was Calld to mrs Byrns yesterday. mr Ballard & Dingley broke thro the ice and got me over the river. I was fatagud in Climbing ye bank on the other Side. mr Dingley & Graves assisted me. at mrss Byrnss. Births 52 & 53. I receivd 9/ in part of my fees. mrs Stickny gave me 6/ which mrss [Can ] Sent me. there is 3/ yet my Due.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.