Martha Ballard's Diary, June 12 - 15, 1798

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X. Birth Rachl Savages Dagt. X.
Clear. mr Ballard went to Son Jon as. I was Calld to See Rachel Savage who was in Labour and was Deld at 6h pm of a Dead Child. I left her Cleverly and returnd home at 9h Evn. At wido Savages. Birth 14, recd 6/.  
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Clear forn, Showers aftern, with thunder. mr Ballard been to Survey for mr Briant Fletcher. a mr Hersey from Poland Sleeps here, two men by the name of Watson Dind here. at home. a mr Hersey Sleeps here.  
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X. Birth Lewis Hamlins Dagt & first Child. X.
Clear. I was Calld at 5h 30m to See the wife of Lewis Hamlin who was in Labour. She was Safe Deld at 4h 20m pm of a Dagt, which wd 8 lb 2/1. I left her and infant as well as Could be Expected, at Sun Sett, and returnd home. found Polly Dingley and Polly Livermore here. mrs Dickmans Sister at George town interd this day. the wife of James Bridg was Deld this morn at 1h of a Son, it was Born dead and is to be interd ys Evn. Doct Page was Operator, poor unfortunate man in the practice. Capt Zimry Haywood Departed this life as he was walking from his Barn to his house, instantly by an Apoplecktic fit. may it teach us the uncertainty of Deaths aproach and inable to be allways ready. may God Sanctify the Dealings of his providence to us all, but more Especially to the Connections of the Decesed. at Lewis Hamlins. Birth 15th. recd 12/ July 5th '99. Birth James Bridges Son, it was Born Dead. their first Born and intered this Evng. Capt Zimry Haywood Expired this Evng.  
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Clear. I have been at home. mr Ballard finisht his Business on a road from Augusta to Sidney and returnd home. at home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.