Martha Ballard's Diary, July 26 - 31, 1797

26 4
Birth Benn Waids Dagt.
Clear and very warm. I was Calld to See mrss Waid who was in Labour 5h 30m; was oblidged to walk, Broke one of my Shoe heels on my way and was much fatagud. found her very ill and Deld her of a Dagt, her 7th Child, about 6h morn. had Just put her in Bed when mr Roby Calld me to See his wife where I was Detaind all day. I Calld to See mrss Cumings aftern and Slept at Genl Sewalls. at mr Waids. Birth 35th. our [goods]reacht us by Capt Hinkley.  
27 5
Clear and warm Day, rain at Evn. mrss Dingley and Dagt Lambt, mr Lambt allso, took Tea with me. I Came home from mr Robys this morn, he went to mr Halls and Conductd Polly Buterfield home with him. our men all at Son Jonas to work. mrs at mr Robys. mrs Dingley and Dagt Lambt here.  
28 6
Cloudy and Some rain. I have been at home, did my house work. at home.  
29 7
X. Birth Theops Hamlins 3d Dagt. XX.
Clear and warm. I was Calld to See mrss Hamlin at 4h pm, find her very ill. Shee was Safe Deld about 5 of a Dagt, her 5th Child. I left her and inft Cleverly and returnd home at Evn. I receivd 12/ as a riward. mr Ballard and Cyrus went to work at Son Jonas, his little Sons Sleep here, Jack [unwell]. at mr Thelps [Hamlins]. Birth 36th. receivd 12/ as a [reward].  
30 A
Clear, our family went to meeting. I tarried at home with Jonas Sons, we gatherd a few Currents. Ebenz Coal here after meeting, Supt with us. at home. [Jacky] is here, [unwell].  
31 2
XX. Birth mr Thomsons Dagt & 3d Child. XX.
Clear. I was Calld at 2 hours morn to See the wife of mr Thompson, find her in Labour. Shee was Deld of her third Child, a Daugt, at 4h. I left her and inft Cleverly, and Came home foren. I receivd 9/6 as a reward. I went in to See mrss Eads & mrss Hamlin, find them Cleverly. Son Cyrus Sett out for Winslow. at mr [Thompsons]. Birth 37th. receivd 9/6. [            ].  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.