Martha Ballard's Diary, November 18 - 25, 1798

18 G
X. Birth Suky Kenadys Son. XX.
Cloudy, Snowd Some and was very Cold. mr Ballard & Cyrus went to meeting. I was Calld at 9h 30m Evng to mr Kenadas to See his Dagt Suky, who was in Labour. her Child was Born a few muinets before I arivd. I Performd all that was necessary and we put her to Bed Comfortable. I tarried all night. they Say that Wilm Ellis is the father of ye Child. at mr Kenadys. Birth 29th. May 14th 99 recd my fee in Spining.  
19 2
Snowd. mr Ballard went to the hook, bot _ Gn Spirt, 2 lb Sugar, 2do Candles. I Came home from mr Kenadys, left the Patients Cleverly. I have been all most Sick all day. Sally has done my work and mended. at Ditoes.  
20 3
Snowd and is Cold & windy. I have been at home.   
21 4
Snowd. mr Ballard found and Brot his Sheep home. I have been at home, knit Some. at home.  
22 5
Clear. mr Ballard went to Son Jonas, finds he his kild two OXen or beefs this day, his famely well. he Spoke with Son Pollard, his famely are well. I have Cleard Snow out of ye Chamber and dryd bed Cloaths and knitt Some. Sally is Spining wool. at home.  
23 6
Clear. mr Ballard went to Son Jonas. I killd 3 fowls and drest them. I was Calld at 10h Evn by Lemuel Devenport to go and See his wife who is in Labour. old Lady Devenport, mrss Sewall & Sole attended. at Lemuel Devenports.  
24 7
X. Birth Lemuel Devenports Dagt. XX.
Clear. my Patient was Safe Deld at 4h morn of a fine Daught, her first Born. I tarried till 9h m and Sett out for home. arivd at 10. I receivd 9/ as a reward. at Ditoes. Birth 30th. recd 9/ as a reward. thisis the 750 Case I have [asd].  
25 G
Clear. I was at meeting and at Son Lambards. at meeting.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.