Martha Ballard's Diary, August 12 - 19, 1805

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Clear and warm. I have Done my washing. Was Calld at 5h 30m Pm to go and See the wife of mr James Caton who was in Labour. we went to Bed. I Slept a little. at mr J. Catons. June 9th receivd 1 Bushel Wheat.  
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X. Birth James Catons 9th Child 4th Son. XX.
Clear. my Patient was Deld of her 4th Son and 9th Child at 4h morn. I left them as wel as Could be Expected and Came to Son Pollards at 9. he and wife are not So wel as we Could wish. I reacht home at 11, Old mrs Dunpha with me. I rensed and hung out my Cloaths, gathered mustard &C. at mr Catons [&] Son Pollard. Birth 5th.  
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Clear. I went to Son Lambds aftern, my Husband with me. his Bror Pauls wife & A mr Shaw there. at Son Lambds.  
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Clear. I was at Ditoes. Son & Daugt & yr Connections wrode to the Forks. I tarried with the Childn. at Ditoes.  
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a Little rain fore n, Clear aftern. mr Ballard returnd home, I did not. the 2 youngest Childn unwel. at Ditoes.  
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Clear, the wind to ye N. Son Lambd Conducted his Sister to the vesel to go to Bath, he relurnd and my Dagt Conducted me to mr Wimans and returnd home. I reacht home at 11h morn, Did my ironing. mr Ballard been to Son Pollards. at Detoes & at mr Wimans. funeral of A man that Expired at Shubal Pittss by a fall in A [Vesel].  
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Clear and warm. mr Ballard & I went to meeting. Revd mr Packard performd. at meeling & Son Ephms  
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Clear. I have Bakt and done other work, was Calld in hast to mr Cyphers to See Old mrs Pollard who fell from her hors and was Carried in there. Doct Winship Came and lett blood. Shee was put into a Shais, Conducted to mr Blacks. I went & tarried all night. at mr Cyphers & Blacks. mrs Pollard fell from her hors, hurt her much.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.