Martha Ballard's Diary, May 11 - 17, 1798

11 6
X. Birth Thoms Kenneys Dagt. XX.
Clear. mrss Baxter here. I have been kniting. I was Calld at 8h 30m Evng to See the wife of Thoms Kenney who was in Labour and was Safe Deld at 10h 30m of a Dagt. I tarried all night, my Patient as well as Could be Expected. this is her 6th Child. at Thoms Kenneys. Birth 13th. receivd9/ July 11th by Son Cyrus.  
12 7
Clear. I Came home by water, arivd at 6h 30m morn. mr Abrm Devenport assisted to Conduct me there by water and home again. I do feel really fatagud with my Tour, went to bed at 10h and rose at 2h pm, feel much refreshed. Isaac Hardins wife here. at Ditoes. Isaac Hardins wife here.  
13 G
Cloudy, the wind N E and very Chilly. I did not go to meeting, the rest of my famely did. mr Bradford performd. mrss Dingley Came in to See me. Daniel Livermore here after meeting. at home.  
14 2
Clear. we washt and washt Bed rooms & kitchen. I helpt more than I was really able as the Girl Complaind of not feeling very well. at home.  
15 3
Clear. Capt Stackpole Calld here this morn, informs yt Dagt Town is very unwell. mrss Dingley & Childn here. Polly washt ye west room and ironed her Gown. at home. mrss Dingley here.  
16 4
Clear. I have been at home doing about the hous. mr Martin, who lives with Son Jona, been here to work this and yesterday. Watson went there to work, they took my Loom to Son Pollards. at home.  
17 5
Clear. I was Calld by Saml Cony at 3h morn to go and assist to put Grave Cloaths on the remains of Solmn Cumings wife who Expired ys ["morn" - implied]. mrs Mc Master & Fletcher assisted me. at mr Cumingss, his wife Expired at 3 hours morn.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.