Martha Ballard's Diary, August 24 - 31, 1804

24 6
Clear. I have done my hous work and ironed my Cloaths. mrs Farewel returnd at Dusk, informs yt Ephms infant is no better. at home. mrss [Farewl] Came home.  
25 7
Clear. mrs Farewel went to mr Bennets, Cyrus to Carry his Fathers Cloaths. Dagt Ballard and mrs Getchel took Tea here. mrs G. and her Son Sleep here. at home. hear Ephms Babe is no Better.  
26 1
Clear. mrs Getchel went to Son Jonas. I went to Son Ephms, his Babe is very Sick. I tarry ys night. at Son Ephms.  
27 2
Cloudy & Some rain. I was at my Sons till near Night when mr Gill Sent for me to See his wife who has been very Sick and is feeble yet. tarrie all night. Ephms Babe Seems Easier. [at] Ditoes and at mr Gills.  
28 3
Clear. I left mr Gills after Breakfast, Calld at mr Craggs & Pittss. reacht my Sons at 12 [o] Clock. at _ past was Calld from there to Belgrade to Sherebiah Clearks. reacht there at 3h pm, find his wife in Labour. Shee Linguered thro the night. at Belgrade.  
29 4
X. Birth Sherebiah Clearks 6th Child & 4th Daugt. XX.
Clear. mrs Cleark Deld at 8h morn of her 6th Child & 4th Dagt. a fine Child and is as wel as Could be Expected. I went to mr Bisbys, Hankseys and Sett out home. Calld at S. Boltons, Dind at Son Pollards, S. Boltons and Brackets. reacht home before sun Sett. Lemuel Sleeps here, Says the babe is no better. at mr Clearks. Birth 6th. recvd 9/ as a Compensation.  
30 5
Clear part of ye day, raind at 10h Evn. I have harvested Beens and done other matters in my Gardin. hear the Babe is no better. at home.  
31 6
Clear and warm. I did my hous work and went to Lecter and to See Son Ephms Babe. find it is no better. hear mrs Gill is very low yet. at Lecter & at Son Ephms.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.