Martha Ballard's Diary, September 29 - October 3, 1804

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Clear part of ye day. mrs Farewel went to Son Ephms. I have been at home, done my hous work &C. at home.  
30 1
Clear. I have been at home lill evning whin I went to See Jack Pierce who is Sick at my Sons. Lemuel Came [here] for Apples and [Soap]. at Son Jonas to See Jack Pierce. Funeral Capt John Howard, & Capt Gages inft.  
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Clear part of ye day. mrs Farewel returnd from Son [Ephms] and went up as far as mr Edsons. I have been at home. Nicholas Shaw helpt Cyrus gather Corn. Hannah B. here for fever fue for Jack Pierce, he is very unwel. Martha Some Better. at home. Funeral Capt John Howard.  
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Clear. I went to See Jack Peirce before Sun rise, find him very unwel. I have Cutt Pumkin to drie and done my hous work and Some in my Gardn. at Son Jonas ys morn.  
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Clear and moderate. Nabby Hatch here on a visit. Dagt Ballard to Bake. I gave ye former _ Bs Apples for her marm. I went after Sun Sett to See Jack Peirce, find him very weak. he has had Doct Howard to See him who Bled and gave an Emettic. he Seems very feeble. Heman Burr Supt here and went to help take Care of him. Cyrus is gone to husk at mr [Andrus]. I was Calld in the night to EbenZ Trasks wife who was in Labour. his Oldest Son is Sick. my hors thrue me as I went up. at Son Jonas. Nabby Hatch here & Dind.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.