Martha Ballard's Diary, January 1 - 6, 1804

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Cloudy, Snowd at night. mr Ballard and Ephm to meeting. I have been unwell. Son Jona, his wife and 6 Childn Supt here. we had a puding and roast Spare rib. I was very unwell all night but, as is usual, did with out much Care taken of me. Rachel to bed at 8 oClock. at home, very unwell.  
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Clear. mr Ballard is gone to ye meddow. I feel very unwel. my husband Came home at 4h pm, took a little food. Complains of feeling the pain in his Stomach, but was Calld by John Sewall to answer an Execution of 800 Dollars. was by him Conducted to the Jail in augusta and Commited. our two Sons, Jona and Ephm were bound for the liberty of the yard for him. I pray the great Parent of the universe to Protect him and giv him Comfort in his present tryal. at home, very unwel. my Husband was this Evng Committd to Jail on acount of the tax Collection.  
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Snowd. Son Lambard Conducted his wife and Babe here, left them with me. they tarrie all night, Slept with me. I had a very ill turn in the night but, Blessed be the Great author of all my mercies, I got Easier. Son Ephm Came here ys Evng very ill with a Cold. I gave him herb Tea. at home. Dagt Lambd So kind as to Com and See me. we made Sausages. Jonas wife Calld in to See me.  
4 4
Cloudy. Son Lambard Came and Conducted his wife & Babe home. Ephm better and went to the Settlement. I have been at home, feel very unwel. at home. Daugt Lambd went home.  
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Clear and Cold. Son Pollard brot his wife & two youngest Childn here, Jona & his wife here allso. I have been very unwell, not able to set up but little. at home, very unwel Childn lo See me.  
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Clear. Dagt Ballard washt here for her Self. mrs Getchel here. Dagt Pollard & [Child] went to Son Lambds at Evng. at home. [Some better].  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.