Martha Ballard's Diary, May 1 - 5, 1799

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Cloudy & Clear by turns. there were 7 Visels went up past here. I have been at home. mr Ballard and Cyrus Carted Brick from mr Norcroses to our house. Son Town Came here at Evn, he Sleeps here. he informd of the Deaths of mrss Crosby and mr Fullers youngest Child. at home, Son Town Sleeps here.  
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Cloudy and Clear by turns, raind at night. the above Should have been wrote for this day, rain this night. Cloudy morn, Cleard at 9h morn. Son Town went to See his Father who is very unwell, he Calld on his return home. mrs Harington here, brot 14_ yds Cloath her mother wove for me. Isaac Hardins wife here, paid me all Shee owd me for Service I had Done her. I was Calld at 11h Evng to go to See the wife of Levy Page, found her in Labour, was there all night. at home, Son Town here. at Levy Pages at night.  
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Cloudy part of this Day. I went from Levy to James Pages to See lheir Child who has a bad humour on the head and feet. my Patient had her women Calld after Dinner. we were up with her the most of the night. the women which attended were mrss Hains, Cumings & Briggs. at mr Pages.  
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X. Birth Levy Pages Dagt & 4th Child. XX.
Clear and Pleast. mrss Pages illness Came on more Severe at Day and Shee was Safe Deld of a Dagt, her 4th Child, at 7h morn. I left her and infant as well as Could be Expected and returnd as far as Son Lambards. mr Ballard Calld and Conducted me home. we are informd of the Deaths of mr Rhuebin Page of Sidney Belgrade and mr Soper of Pitts ton, and old mr Hastings, winthrop. at Ditos. 20th Birth. recd 6/. Jany 15th recd 3/. Acount of Deaths.  
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X. Birth Theops Hamlins 3d Son. XX.
Clear and Cold. I was Calld at 2h ys morn to go and See the wife of mr Theops Hamlin who was in Labour with her Sixth Child. I wrode with mr John Rockwood, reacht there Safe alltho the roads were very bad, and Shee was Safe Deld at 3h morn of her 3d Son and Sixth Child. I left all Cleverly and Came home at 7. attended worship, my famely allso. Son and Dagt Lambd Came here after Service. at mr Theophs Hamlins. Birth 21st. recd 12/ as a reward. Son & Dagt Lambd here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.