Martha Ballard's Diary, June 19 - 23, 1787

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Clear. Patty Town has Been very Sick, her throat has Canker in it. mr Ballard & the Girls went to the funeral of Capt Sewals Child. Majr Dutton and his Lady Came here. Gillbreath, Leighton & Son Sleeps here. I am informd that Pamela Barton is publisht to mr Porter of winthrop, a widower. mrs Reed was here this Day. I hear that Thomas Sewals Son is very Sick.   
20 4
Clear. mr Hains Learned Came here Directly from the westward. Brot me a Letter from Broth Collins which informs my Friends were then well. mr Ballard went to mr Badcocks. I was Calld to mrs Howards to See his Daughter lbbee who is Siesd with a relaps of the rash. I found mrs Cumings there, So returnd home. Sally Pierce here today. Patty is Better. I was Seisd with a Disentery in the night.   
21 5
Clear. I am unwell & Patty also. mr Ballard gone to Collect Raits. Mrs Pollard Sent home 5 lb of poark whh Shee Borrowed 12 april 1786. I went to mrs Howards, watcht with her Child. Shee is very Sick indeed.   
22 6
at Ditoes. took Care of lbbee all day. mrs Woodward Came there. Capt Savages Wife & I watcht with her, Son & Dafter Town Came to our house, his childn well.   
23 7
lbbey Howards Death, Departed this life at 4 oClok morn. I came home after mrs Woodwd, Savage & I had Laid out her Corps. mrs Savage, Mrs Williams here. mr Ballard gone to a meeting Concerning Building a School house. Luke Barton here.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.