Martha Ballard's Diary, October 24 - 29, 1802

24 1
Clear. I have been unwell. mr Ballard to meeting. I was Calld at 10h Evn to mr Andruss, mrs Duttun very Sick. I spent ye night there. at mr Andruss at 10h Evng
25 2
Clear. mrs Duttun very ill yet. I Came home. Sally Church washt for me, mr Ballard to mr Breads. at Detoes  
26 3
Cloudy. I am informd that mrs Duttun is very Sick. I walkt there, tarried all night. her aunts Pain & Springer and Doct Howard there, he put a Blister on her Breast, gave her Squells, &C, &C. [at Detoes.] [Doct] Howard there.  
27 4
Cloudy & rain. mrs Duttun Some more Comfortable but very weak. mrs Edson was Calld and I Came home. at Ditoes.  
28 5
Clear part of ye day. I was Calld at 2h pm to see mrs Duttun whome was thot to be Expireing. I sett with her all night. mrs Edson went home, mrs Arnald Came and Sett with me. mrs Ands is allmost Confined with a pain in her Back. at Ditoes.  
29 6
Clear, a great frost. I left mrs Duttun at 7h m, her Babe is unwell. I have been unwell, Sally Church helpt me. I have paid her 4/ for what Shee has done for me this weak. I was Calld about Sun Sett to go and assist to put on the grave Cloaths for mrs Duttun who is now Expired. her husband is Come to see her, arivd before Shee was diad. mrs Arnald & Cypher & Betsy Church assisted me to perform what was Done, the Babe is very unwell. at Detoes. mrs Duttun Expird.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.