Martha Ballard's Diary, September 29 - October 3, 1797

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X. Birth [Wm Stratens] Dagt. XX.
Clear and very pleast. I was takeing Care of apples which were brot from the Bolton farm foren, was Calld at 1h 35m pm to See the wife of mr Wm Straton of Hallowell who was in Labour, and was Safe Deld at 2h 15m of a Dagt, her Second Child. I returnd at 7h Evng. I receivd 12/ as a reward. at mr Stratens. Birth 47th. recd 12/as a reward. Cyrus Brot 12 Bushels apples home from yeboltn place.  
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Clear and very pleast for the last of Septr. we had fresh Cucumbers from our Gardin. I have been at home. at home.  
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Clear and very pleast. mr Ballard & Hoit went to meeting at ye hook and attended at ye interment of Joshua Learned who has lately resided at the farm of mr Charls Vahun at hallowell. Son Lambart & Richd Foster with their wives, and Son Ephm, Aguslus Ballard, Thankfull Godfray Dind with us, we had a Boild Dish and roast Chickens. at home. the remains of Joshua Learned, who Expird 29 ult, were interd. I was Calld at 11 O Clock to See mrss Densmore.  
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X. Birth mr Thos Dinsmores Dagt. XX.
Cloudy morn & rain. mrss Densmore was Safe Deld at 4h 30m Morn of her 9th Dagt and twelvth Child, and is Cleverly. I larried with her till the 11 [haur] lefet her and inft as well as Could be Expected. I receivd 6/ as a reward for my Service. mr Ballard is gone to Son Jonas, Cyrus to Pittstn, Hoit Carting Bark for feuell. at mr Densmores, 9th Dagt & 12 Child. recd 6/ Cash. Birth 48th for ys year, I allsorecd a Beef heart.  
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Clear and very pleast. mr Ballard went to New france. I have been Doing things about house and tending thread to whiten. Old Lady Coutch here, Shee tarries all night. at home. Old Lady Coutch Came and Sleeps here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.