Martha Ballard's Diary, September 1 - 4, 1798
Clear. I have been helping do the house work. Dagt Ballard Came
here, Shee thinks of going to Winslow tomorrow. I went to See
Nancy Dingley who is unwell, her Dady & marm are gone to winslow.
Jane is not very well this Evng. I gave her Cammomile Tea
and Shee got Cleverly by morn.
at mr Dingleys. Nancy is unwell. A barn was Consumed
by fire at Reedsfield last thursday, it belonged
to A mr Smith.
Clear. we all attended meeting. the Ordinance of the Supper was
Administred. I went to mr Dingleys, Nancy is better. they informd
me that Dagt Town has been more Comfortable ys Two
Days, for which favr I would Bless the Great Author
of all our mercies. Son Ephm and Jery Heartford took Tea with
us. I was Calld about Sun sett to See the wife of Zyba Petingail
who was in Labour, but not very ill. I tarried all
night. had no Sleep.
at meeting. the Lords Spr administrd.
I was at mr Dingleys & informd yt Dagt Town
is revivd a little. was at mr Petingals. Son Ephm here. this
is the aneversarey of the Birth of Dagt Lambard, 26 years Since.
Clear. I was at mr Petingals. my Patient Lingars. mrss Fletcher Calld there ys morn. Shee and I went to mr Allins. the women Calld to See mrs Petingl at midnight.
at mr Petingls & Allins. mr Hill and RachelSavage were Married.
X. Birth Zeba Petingls Dagt & first
Cloudy morn. mrss Petingail was Deliverd of A fine Dagt
at 1h 40m this morn. I left her and infant Cleverly and arivd
at home at 4h and 20m, went to bed and Slept till 8. have been
Since Doing matters about house.
at mr Petingls. Birth 24th. I receivd 12/ as a
reward for my Service.
Source: www.doHistory.org. Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.