Martha Ballard's Diary

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 Dec 23, 1789 


December 23, 1789 (Wednesday) - excerpt

My testemony was that mrs Foster on the 19 of august Complaind to me that Shee had Shee had receivd great abuses from people unknown to her, Such as throwing Stones at her house, Striveing to get in to ye & lodg with her. after relating those abuses Said that was not the worst Shee had met with Since mr Fosters absence, but Shee hoped they would not quite kill her, that they Could do nothing wors than they had unless they killd her. Shee also Said that Said North had abused her wors than any other person in the world had, but Shee believd it was best for her to keep her troubles to her Selfe as mutch as Shee Could till her Husband returnd which Shee hopt wd be soon. Shee also Complaind on the 25 (if I remember the day aright) of said Norths treating her wors than any other person had & Said he did go after an other woman besids his own wife, & that his wife was jellous of him relating to the Chargs She now Lais. Shee Seemd Exceedingly troubled when Shee related her tryals, but not being aust any question for information did not descend to particulars at that time, which was the last time I Converst with her while her Husband was absent.