Martha Ballard's Diary, October 28 - 31, 1804

28 1
X. Birth friend Eastys 3d Dagt. XX.
Clear. I was Calld by friend Easty to go and See his wife who was in Labour. the Case was performd by the wido Babcock Just before we arivd. I drest the infant and See to their being made Comfortable. this her 3d Dagt & 4th Child. mrs Farewel Seems more Comfortable. at friend Eastys. Birth 8th. recvd 6/ reward.  
29 2
Clear and Pleast. I have done my hous work and Sheld some Corn. Son Lambd Calld here, he was going to Sydney. Dagt Ballard here to Bake. I Eat the last Bread I had for Breakfast and have Sustained without the rest of the day. Lefaett wrode here this day. Luther Pierce brot Some wood and Cut it for me. James Savage Came here to See mrss Farewel. at home.  
30 3
Clear. I have been at home, sorted apples. Doct Howard here to See mrs Farewel, left her Senna and Bitters. Sally washt her floors. at home.  
31 4
Clear and Cold. I went to Son Jonas to git him to Cutt me Some wood. Luther Peirce Came and did it for me. I have Sorted apples and Cutt some, and done my ironing &C. Dagt Ballard went to help Betsy Andrews quilt. Le faett wrode to the Settlement. at home Son Jonas to git Some of them to Cut me wood.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.