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

12 G
a very rainy foren, it held up at noon and mr Ballard Sett out for home, and I tarried at my Sons. Capt Stackpool & wife, mr Fuller and his, there aftern. my Dagt was taken with fainting and Distress in her limbs. Shee and we thought her to be Expireing, but Shee revivd at Evn and gave good Exhortation to her Childn. mrss Stackpole and I watcht with her. at my Son Towns. my Dagt had an ill turn.  
13 2
Clear and very warm. I tarried with my Dagt. Shee had another faint turn this aftern, but revivd. Shee Seems much resined to Gods will, Even wishes for the time of her Departure. Patty Town is 15 years old this day. mrs Mary Crosby watcht. at Son Towns, my Dagt very low.  
14 3
Clear. I Sett out from Son Towns for home, left my Dagt Some revived. may the Great God Support her thro all he Sees fitt to lay upon her in ys tife and Croun her with glory here after. may he be a very present help to her ConSort and Childn and all Connections!!! I Calld at mrs Capins and Rufus Ballards and mr Benn Browns on my retn. at Son Towns. Cyrus went to Son Towns.  
15 4
rainy foren. Dagt Lambd and mrss Dingly have been makeing a Goun for mydr Dagt Towns last dress. mr Ballard has been unwell with a Collic. Cyrus returnd with news that his Sister is much revivd. at home, hear by Cyrus that my Dagt is more Comfortable.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.