Martha Ballard's Diary, August 29 - September 2, 1799
Cloudy, raind aftern. mr Ballard Surveying for mr Whitwell. I have
Cleand out the Spring and done other matters about house. Hepsy
washt, Cyrus Brot water and went to mr [Carters], Bot 2 lb
Butter @ /10 and 2 lb Suger @ 1/2_.
at home, Cleand spring.
Clear Except a light Shower. mr Ballard and Cyrus went to Jon as
but returnd. mr Ballard had a fit of the Collic. Hepsy
has been to See Dagt Lambard, finds her as well as Shee
has been; to mr Childs finds them very poorly. Allin Lambd
Came home with Hepsy.
Clear. I was Calld at 9h morn to mr Childs, his wife and inft being
Sick. I tarried there till 9h Evn, was then Calld to See mrss
Hill who was in Labour. mr Ballard and Cyrus up to
at mr Childs and mr Hills.
X. Birth mr Hills Son. XX.
Cloudy and Some rain. mrss Hill was Safe Deld at 2h
30m this morn of a Son, her Second Child. I left them as well
as Could be Expected at 5, wrode to the fort, Came from there by
water. went to bed and Slept, then rose and attended
Public worship and the ordinanc of the Super. I went to mr Childs
at intermition, find the Dear little Babe alive and in Distress.
may God Deal with it in mercy and prepare all Concerned for
his holy will. I Calld at Son Lambds, they are as well as they
have been. my Son has Seen 27 years this day. the text foren
Thesns [v] C 8.9 verss; aftern Math XI C
at mr Hills. Birth 39th. [recd] 9/
as a rd. at mr Childs & at Son Lambds. he is 27 [yrs] Old
Clear. mr Ballard went to Son Jonas forenn, Cyrus to
Pittstn to See a Vesel Launched, Hepsy to work for Daugt
Lambd. Allin Came home with her. I have been at home, Done
my hous work, Swept all the rooms and Sellar and Chambers. mr
Atkins here, desired Me to be in readiness to wait on his wife very
soon. I am informd that the infant of mr Child Expired at 5h
morn, its remains to be interd tomorrow at 3h pm.
at home. mr Child infant Expired. Dagt
Lambd [is] 27 years old this day.
Source: www.doHistory.org. Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.