Martha Ballard's Diary, March 17 - 21, 1804
Clear Part of the day. Son & Dagt Pollard and part of thier
Childn here. Shee went on to See her Father. I went
aftn Conducted by Lemuel Witham, a lad who
is Com to work with Son Ephm. I returnd at Evn very unwell.
Lemuel went to take Son Lambds hors and Sleigh to Joness
for Jona and him to Come up in but not finding them ready to
Come returnd with it. they Came up on foot and Jona
Came here with out his hat. took him from his Supper,
pusht him out adors, Drove him home to his hous Damning and pushing
him down and Struck him. Shaw and Burr went on after to
prevent his being deprived of life. I followed on falling as I
went till meeting Dagt Lambard was assisted by her.
I reacht his hous, find him Cursing and Swearing he would go and
giv him a Hard whiping. my Dagt Lambd desired Heman
to go and Conducted him to Ephm. he went and tarried
all night. Son Lambd brot me home in his Sleigh. O that the
God of all Mercy would forgiv him this and all other misconduct.
at Shubl Pittss, feel very unwel and what a Scean
had I to go at Evng. may a Good God Support me.
funeral mr James Hinkley of Hallowel, his Death was very Suden.
Snowd part of the day. Dagt Lambd and Pollard here.
my Comfortors are much as Jobs were. [O] that my Patience may hold
out and may I See good acording to the days in which I have
at home but in a Situation of Sorrow. mr Kinslys 3d son Born.
Clear and Cool. I have been very unwel. Phebe Church Came at 9 hou. Son Pollard, his wife & Rhoda and Dolly here at Evng.
at home. Dagt Pollard Sleeps here.
Clear and Cool. Son Ephm brot his wife here. his Prentis Boy Conducted
Dagt Pollard and Childn home. Son Jona was here this day.
he Spake very indecently to me. I pray God to forgive the ofences
of all who do ingure my feelings. may they Consider they
may be Old and receiv like Treatment. Polly went to Son Jonas,
his wife & Childn are unwel.
at home. Dagt Pollard & Childn
went home. Shee Delivd me 7/6 on James Blacks
[Birth Wm Stones 6th son.]
Clear. I was Calld before morn to Wm Stones wife in
Labour. Shee was Deld at 9h morn of her 6th son and 8th Child.
I returnd aftern.
at Wm Stones. Birth 1st
recvd 6/ may 10th.
Source: www.doHistory.org. Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.