Martha Ballard's Diary, October 18 - 23, 1802

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X. Birth Monasah Duttuns Son. XX.
Clear. I Came home, did Some washing, wido Savage Came here near night. I was Soon after Calld to go and See mrs Duttun who is in Labour and was safe Deld at 7h Ev of a Son, her Second Child. Shee is as well as Could be Expected as Shee has the measels. I Sett with her till aft mid night, mrs Springer afterwards. at mr Andruss. Birth 8th. Novr 15th recd 6/7 of mr Andrus.  
19 3
Clear and pleast. I Came home Early ys morn, find mrs Savage very unwell, Shee remained So till Evng. Sally Church washt 15/ Shirts and other Cloaths. I paid her 2/1 for her Service. Son Ephm informs me Barny is some better. at home. mrs Savage here, very unwell.  
20 4
Clear. mrs Savage went to my Sons. Sally Farewell Came to help me. at home. mrs Savage went to my sons.  
21 5
Clear. I was Calld to See mrs Duttun, her milk is Coming and Shee Seemd very much distresed till 10h Evn when Shee got Easier and I went to bed at 11, got Some Sleep. at mr Andruss
22 6
Cloudy, Some rain. Dagts Ballard & Pollard Dind here, my son allso. Son Pollard & wife Sleep here. mrs Farewel took Tea with us. at home. Childn here.  
23 7
Clear. mr Ballard gone to Collect taxes. Son Pollard to ye hook, his wife to Jonas. they went home at Evng. at home. Dagt Pollard went home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.