Martha Ballard's Diary, April 14 - 23, 1787

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Cool. I have Spent the most of ye Day takeing Care of the youngest Calf. Hannah Cool & Dolly went to mr Pollards to wind & warp a Piece. mr Ballard been to the hook, Bt 2/1 lb & 1 lb of Sugar.   
15 G
Clear & Cool. I did not atend publick worship, am unwell though Some Better than I have been. mr Wade was published to Rachel Petingail.   
16 2
Clear. mr Ballard is gone to Winslow to purChace Loggs. I went to mr Westons & mr Pollard. Jono is unwell. Ephm Cowen tending Saw mill.   
17 3
Clear. mr Ballard gone to Deacn Emersons. I have been Doubleing & Twisting Thread. the Girls washt. Hannah Lost a Shoe & Silver Buckl under the Saw mill.   
18 4
Clear. mr Ballard Been to run a Line at mr Stephenss. I have been Boiting yarn & tending Leech & Twisting Thread. feel much fatagud.   
19 5
Very Cold. Sherebiah Town Came here for ma to go to Son Towns, Their youngest Child being sick. I had mr Wimans hors, we arivd there at Dark. the Child very ill.   
20 6
Exceeding Cold. we Gave Lucy Physic, it operated very well, drew Blisters also. Betsy & I Sett up till 1 O Clok.   
21 7
Not So Cold. I Came home. Son Town attended me. we Left Lucy more Comfortable, got home at Dusk. found my kinsman, Hains Learned, here Directly from Ward. our friends all well who are yet alive. Capt Heartwell, Capt Saml Davis, Leut Benn Davis & mr Danl Phillips are Departed this Life, all of OXford. a Snow this night.   
22 G
X Birth. Welmans Son. X.
I was Calld to mr Welmans at 9 ys morn, his wife Safe Delivd at 7 Evn of a Son. I tarried all night, watcht. Capt Savages wife there. It raind ys Evinng.   
23 2
Clear. I Came up By water, attended by Taylor & Hinkly. I receivd 7 lb of flax of mr Welman on acount of my trouble march 31, 1785. our men Turnd of Bords to [Leemans]. Woodward here this Evinng. Rebch Wiman here for milk.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.