Martha Ballard's Diary, November 2 - 8, 1806

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X. Birth mr Bodwels Son and 12th Child. XX.
Clear and pleast. I went to meeting foren, was Calld out directly after ye Service before Communion to go to See mrs Badwil. Son Cyrus took Jonas hors & Shais and Conducted me there. the Patiend was Delivd about 9h Evn of a fine Son, her 12th Child. I tarrie all night. Revd mr Stone discoarsed from Ephesians 2nt Chap, 8th vers. at meeting & at mr Bodwels. Birth 7th, receivd9/ as reward.  
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Clear. I left mrs Badwel & infant Cleverly and returnd home. mr Ballard & Cyrus to Town meeting. I have done my hous work, feel fatagued. at mr Badwls & Son Jonas.  
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Clear. we were informd Early this morn that mr James Springer was found Lifeles in mr Pains orchard. mr Ballard went up and was on ye Jury. Capt Robinson was foreman. Son Jonas wife, Wm & Cornelus Smith Supt here. at home. Dagt Balld here at Evng. mrJames Springer found dead ys morn.  
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Clear. I have done my hous work & dug our Beets & Carrots. mrs Heartwel Calld in foren, mrs Wiman aftern. I [thurnd] 2 lb Butter. at home, got in Beets & Carrots.  
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Clear. mr Ballard & I attended the funeral of mr James Springer. A mr Car Presideed, he Discoarsed from Amos 4th, 12th. at the funeral of mr James Springer.  
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Cloudy [&] Some rain. I have done Some washing, Cut apples, Cleand my hogg pen, Cleand my Sellar &C. at home, done various kinds of work.  
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rain. I have been at home. Hannah Pollard Came from Son Lambds. Allin, Wm Swanton & Edwd Savage Conducted her. Shee helpt me about my work and went to Son Jonas to Sleep. I have Bakt & Breud ys day. at home, Bakt and Breud.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.