Martha Ballard's Diary, October 15 - 20, 1804

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Clear. mr Lambd was Calld to See mr Swanton who had a fitt at 3h morn. I went there ys morn, he was better and gone to Read field. Dagt Pollard left her sister and went to Son Ephms forn. mrs Capin went home. I walkt from the bridg, Calld at Crosbys and his fathers Stors. at mr Carters, Danys, Fletchers and mr Andrus & Son Jonas. [I returnd from Son Lambds]. receivd 3/ of mrs Swanton, an old Debt of mrs Capin 1/6.  
16 3
Clear. I have been at home. Son and Dagt Pollard and his Mother here ys aftern. Cyrus left here to go to tend mill for mr Pullin at Watervil. I wish him health and prosperety but, alas, how Shall I do without him. at home. Old mrs Pollard, Moses and his wife Calld here.  
17 4
Clear. I have done my hous wk and other matters. went to Son Jonas at Evng, find Jack Pierce and Le faett Ballard Sick. Doct Howard here to see mrs [Farewel, left her phisec. it operated 10 times. I set with her till 10h Evng. at son Jonas at Evng.  
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rainy. I have done some washing and Sorted part of my Corn and Cleand ye Sellar. mrs Farewel remains very feeble. Jack Ballard Came and Cutt wood for us. he Brot me 2 turns of water. at home. Capt Swanton of Bath Expiredys day.  
19 6
Clear part of ye Day. I put my Cloaths out to drie. 2 mrs Clearks Calld here. mrs Farewell had a fitt of feaver at night. Leml brot her some things. at home. mrs Farewl is very unwel yet.  
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Clear. Sally washt, Son Ephm and wife here. my husband Sent me 1 qt Ginn, 1 lb Sugar & _ lb Shushon Tea. son Jona brot me 1 qt Brandy. at home. Son Ephm & wife here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.