Questions to ask these entries:
1. How do Dr. Page
and Dr. Coleman appear to be different?
2. In what kinds
of cases are doctors called?
Questions to ask Martha's
1. What appears to
be Martha Ballard's relationship to Dr. Page (and other doctors in Hallowell)
for the word "doctor" in Martha's diary.
21, 1785 (Thursday)
| Clear & Cool for April.
I was unwell, had taken Cold which Causd a pain in my Neck and Sholder.
Colo Howard, mr Brooks & Doct Colman here.
Enformd of ye Death of Leutt Howard who Departed
this Life yesterday
5, 1785 (Thursday)
| Clear. I
went to Doctr Coneys By water with Cyrus. paid
ye Doctrs Bill for my Sickness Last Decembr
which was 9:6. On our return were obliged to Call mr Mc masters
ascistance to get by ye rock. I Calld at mr westons; found
her very ill. tard all night
13, 1785 (Tuesday)
| I was Calld
to See Doct Colman. I watchd
14, 1785 (Wednesday)
| I Came
from ye fort about noone. Left Doct Colman Exceeding Low
11, 1786 (Sunday)
| A Clear morn. mr
Brown went in hast after Doct Colman for his Eldist Son
being sick. I went from home at 12 O Clok to See him, find him very
ill. Returnd home at Sun Set, found Sherebiah, Betsy & Polly
Town and James Stacpool here. I was informd that mr Hathaway who was
Drowned Last week was taken up & is to be interd this day. Ephm
Cowin Came here ys Evinng to work for mr Ballard one month
5, 1787 (Wednesday)
| Cloudy. I
went to See Savages Infant, Doct Colman was Calld to see it also.
I was at the Docters. returnd at Dusk. some Boys on our mill
pond, Gash North fell in, was helpt out again
Safe from harm
21, 1792 (Friday)
| Clear. I have been at
home, Cast 23 Candles. mr Ballard been to Pittstn.
mrs White here, informs me mr Andrus is very poorly. mr
Ballard met mr Davis going for Doct Parker to Come & See
him. Doct Page attends him
17, 1793 (Sunday)
X. Birth mr Poores Dagt. XX.
I was Calld from mr Parkers at 2h morn to mr Poores. Doct Page was
Calld before my arival. I Extracted the Child, a Dagt. he Chose to
Close the Loin. I returnd home at 8 am, receivd 6/ as a reward.
mr Ballard & Ephm attend worship, Dolly & Sally aftern.
Charls & John Coks Supt here. I was Calld to
Capt meloys at 11h Evn. raind
||at Ditoes & mr Poores.
Birth 47th. A Daughtr at Capt Meloys allso.
6, 1794 (Saturday)
Birth Doct Colmans Son.
| Clear, a North wind.
I was Calld to See the wife of Doct Colman who was in Labour
at 1h 1/2 ys morn. Shee was Safe Deld of a fine
Son at 11h 10m foren. I left her as well as
Could be Expected & returnd home at 3h 30m aftern.
I wrode to mr Robbins, find his Lady more Comfortable. I was at Capt
Fillebrowns, all well
||at Doct Colmans. Birth
34th. at mr Robbinss
& Capt Fillebrowns. Bot 4 oz Snuff @ 9d.
14, 1795 (Saturday)
X. Birth David Pollards 2nd Son.
| Clear. I
was at home till Evn, 9 O Clock, when I was Calld to See David Pollards
wife who was Dild of a fine Son at 10. I tarried all night. mr Stodard
is very Sick at that house, Dilarious. Doct Page there
to visit him, he was Calld in ye night
||at mr Pollards. Birth
9th. David Pollards wife is 27 years old this day. receivd
6/7 Novr 20 of Old Lady Pollard.
10, 1796 (Sunday)
| Clear. mr Ballard, my Self and
Cyrus attended public worship. I Came to Son Lambarts at noon. we
Supt there after meeting. Shee wrode home with me and Cyrus went home
with her. Sally Cocks went to See mrs Kimbal,
Shee was Deld of a Dead dagt on the morn of ye 9th
inst. the operation performd by Ben Page. the infants Limbs were much
dislocated, as I am informd
||at Son Lambarts and at meeting.
10, 1797 (Saturday)
| Clear and warm. mr Ballard and
Hoiet went to the Bolton place to work. I had Done my morning work
and at 8h went to Cut Clover for my Swine when
I, by Some means, misplased a Bone in the great toe of my right Foot.
I soon became So lamb I Could not walk. at that Critical moment, Son
Lambart Came in. he assisted me to get to my Bed where I remaind till
he Calld Doct Page to my assistance, who rectified the misplaced bone
and I was able to walk into the other room. I paid the Doct 3/ and
went about my work. have wound 16 Skeins of Cottne yn
on quills. mr Ballard informs me that Son Jona is very ill with a
Soar on his face
||at home. I
put a Bone [out] in my foot. Sent for Doct Page
who Sett it and I Could walk.
14, 1798 (Thursday)
X. Birth Lewis Hamlins Dagt & first
| Clear. I
was Calld at 5h 30m to See the wife of Lewis
Hamlin who was in Labour. She was Safe Deld at 4h 20m pm
of a Dagt, which wd 8 lb 2/1. I left her and infant as
well as Could be Expected, at Sun Sett, and returnd home. found
Polly Dingley and Polly Livermore here. mrs Dickmans Sister at George
town interd this day. the wife of James Bridg
was Deld this morn at 1h of a Son, it was Born dead and
is to be interd ys Evn. Doct Page was Operator, poor unfortunate
man in the practice. Capt Zimry Haywood Departed
this life as he was walking from his Barn to his house, instantly
by an Apoplecktic fit. may it teach us the uncertainty of Deaths aproach
and inable to be allways ready. may God Sanctify the Dealings of his
providence to us all, but more Especially to the Connections of the
||at Lewis Hamlins. Birth 15th.
recd 12/ July 5th '99. Birth James Bridges Son, it was Born Dead.
their first Born and intered this Evng.
Capt Zimry Haywood Expired this Evng.
5, 1798 (Thursday)
| Clear morn. my Dagt Seems a little
Easier than Shee was Last night.
I was Calld at 9h this morn to See mrss Lowell who was
in Labour. Shee had been attended by Doct Page last night;
he was Calld home at Sunrise to his wife who was in Labour. Shee was
Deld at 11h foren of a Son. the Doct was Calld to my Patient
and I returnd home at 4h pm. I receivd 9/ of mr Lowell. my
Dagt Town has had a better day this day. Shee had but little feaver.
mr Gill & Lambd took Tea with us
||at mr Lowells at Hallowell.
find mrss Gill and Dagt Lambt & her Childn here.
Birth Doct Pages Son.
15, 1798 (Sunday)
X. Birth Ansel Neys 2nd Son. XX.
| Clear. I Did not feel very well
this morn. mr Ballard, Cyrus & Watson went to meeting.
|wen Came here to See her Sister. Nabby
went up to See her marm aftern. I was Calld
to Ansel Neys, walkt as far as Saml Norcross,
found the Patient in the hands of Doct Page. he gave the Case up to
me and Shee was (after I removd obstructions) Safe Deld at 4h pm of
a fine son. I left mother & Child Cleverly and walkt home, arivd at
8h Evn. I receivd 9/ as a reward. Doct Cony, mrss Haywood,
Straten, Toby and Dagt Lambd & mrs Pitts here while I was
absent. Dagt Lambard Sleeps with mrss
Town ys night |at Ansel Neys. Birth 19th.
recd 9/4_as a reward. my Dagt Town is
[ ] as Comfortable as Shee has been for Some Days Past.
9, 1799 (Tuesday)
X. Birth Capt Abm Pages Son. XX.
| Clear and very Pleasant. I
was Calld at 6h m by Capt Abm Page
to go and See his wife who was in Labour. Shee was Safe Deld at 10h
40m of a fine Son which wd 12lb _. I left her
and infant at 1h pm Cleverly. recd 9/. mrs Page has not had a Child
for 11 years past till now. mr Ballard been to Son Jonas. I
went Down to Hallowell after 4 O Clok and Bot at Pages Store 8 yds
Black Lubstring @ 9/6 pr yd, 12 Dol & 4/; 1_ yds Lining & 1 Skein
Silk, 1 Dolr; 1_ yds ribbond @ /10d
1:3; at Doct Pages, 1 oz Spermaseta /9
||at Capt Abm Pages. Birth
26th. recd9/. I went to Hallowell aftern.
27, 1799 (Saturday)
X. Birth mr Gows Dagt and 4th
I was Calld at 1h 35m morn to go and See mrss Gow who was
in Labour. I walkt in the rain and reacht mr Gows at 1h 50m,
found the Patient Deld of a Dagt by the help of mrss Tucker
and a little more Done by Doct Page. I got her into Bed
and dresst the infant, and tarried and attended them till
7 then returnd home. found my famely at Breakfast.
I receivd 6/ of mr Gow. Samuel Trask Came here for me to go
and See Dagt Lambd. I went and Came home at Evng
||at mr Gows. Birth 30th. recd 6/.
26, 1801 (Monday)
| Clear. Betsy washt the N room
and her Bedroom. Son Jona Came in and invited
me to go to his house. I went, had not been long there before Davis
& Doct Colman & Page Came to administer a Dose of Callomel.
I returnd home Soon
|home my Sons.
4, 1801 (Wednesday)
XX. Birth S. Juet Fosters 2nd
I was Calld to my sons to see the Desection of the Son of Esqr
Davis which was performd very Closly. the left lobe of ye
lighls were found to be much inflamed, the intestines, allso, in which
were 4 interscections, an inftamation of the kidneys and Blather.
there were not a singte worm Contained in ye boddy but
a small quantity of what the operators Supposed to be the bed in which
they had resided. the gaull blather was larg and very full. the
opperation was performd by Docts Colman and Page. Judg
North, Son Jon a & my Self were attendants. I was Calld
from there to see the wife of S. J. Foster who was in Labour and was
Safe Deld at 7h Evn of her Second Son & 5th
Child. I tarried all night, the patient as well as Could
||at my sons. a Desection Performd
on ye boddy of John Davis junr.
at S. J. Fosters. Birth 3d. July 13th receivd
as a reward 10/10.