Martha Ballard's Diary, September 2 - 5, 1801

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Clear and pleast. I went to see mr Soals Babe, find it better. dind at mr Pittss then went by water to mr Gills, Spent aftern and night there. his was taken in travil befor morning and her women Calld. Sister Barton and mrs Pits took Tea there, their husbands Came to see ym home. [at mr Gills.] Dagt Lambd has Seen 29 years this day.  
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X. Birth mr Gills 3d Son. XX.
Cloudy. mrs Gill was Safe Deld at 11h 30m fore n of her 3d Son and 5th Child, by her present husband, and is Comfortable. Sister Barton and I tarried with her till her Nurs Came. I Came home with my Sister, tarrie all night. mr Finny was drowned this aftern, near the mile Rock. it is thought his feet gave way as he was Choping a tree on the Bank. at mr Gills & Bror Bartons. Birth 16th. recd12/. Death of mr Finny.  
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Clear. mrs Thwing is very ill. I went in and Sett with her while a puke opperateed. Shee had the Cramp after wards. Sister and I went in and took Care of her till Shee Seemd beller, we then went to Lecter. the remains of mr Finny were brot in to the meeting hous and a Discoarse on the ocation delivrd by Revd mr Stone. the funeral rites Performed after Service was over. I Calld in to See mrs Densmore, Shee is Some Easier. mr Ballard went on and left me to walk, he Stopt at mr Bonds where I over took him and wrode home. I do feel very ill nidead. [sic] at Lectur. funeral of mr Finny.  
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Clear. I have not been able to Sett up but very little this day, but have reproaches from those who, I think, ought to use me with more kindness. I really pray that God will Pardon the Sins of us all. at home, very unwell.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.