Martha Ballard's Diary, October 24 - 29, 1799

[24] 5
Clear. mr Ballard had a Collic this morn. I rose and gave him hot Tody with pipper, he got Ease; went to his house and took Care of Board s, returnd at noon. we went to Colo Howards to attend funeral of Old Lady Howard when mr Ballard was attacked with the pain and pukeing so severe that we were oblidged to return home. I bathd his feet, got him into a warm bed and put a kegg of hott water to his feet, and warm bricks to his back, Belly and all the parts affected with pain. he got Easier before 9h Evn and Slept. I gave him no medisin Except Some Castor. Brother Moore Calld to See us, we disered him to request Doct Cony to Come and See him. he arivd here at 10h Evn, gave him Phisic, and accused me with going to mr Dingleys in his Sickness and objecting to his prescriptions and prescribeing Some of my own, and Seting mrss Dingley Crying by giving my opinion of the Disease, and Said this was one of many instances I had done So which I must Deny till he, or Some other, Can bring it to my recollection. this is a world of tryals, may those which I am Calld to meet with Serv for my Good. I went to attend the funeral of the widow Howard. mr Ballard haveing the Collic, we returnd before ye interment
25 6
Cloudy. mr Ballard is free from pain but has taken phisic. I feel very unwell but it is my Portion to work. at home, mr Bald is better.  
26 7
Clear part of the day, a Shower aftern. mr Ballard went to his house. I have done Some hous work but do not feel So well as I Could wish. mr Dingley Came here, he is as well as Can be Expected. I informd of what Doct Cony had laid to my Charg Concerning my Conduct with him in his Sickness, he Declares no Such thing mentioned by him or his wife as the Doct represented to me; there was but quite the reverce. the mistake, if one, seems very Strange. at home. am informd of the Death of mrss Gillman of Hallowell, Consort to the Lawyer. Shee Expird ys afternn
27 1
Cloudy. mr Ballard, Cyrus & Lydia went to meeting. I have been at home. Son & Dagt Lambd, Ephm, Attin and Thomas here. at home, my Childn here.  
[28] 2
Cloudy. mr Ballard and Cyrus to our hous. I have been at home. Done my house work. mrs Dingly here. at home. funeral of mrss Gillman.  
[29] 3
Clear and Cloudy by turns. widdow Smith Sleeps here. mr Ballard to our house, Cyrus at home. I have Done my house work. Timy Pages wife Calld here. at home. mrss Smith Sleeps here. mrs Page Calld here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.