Martha Ballard's Diary, October 17 - 24, 1787

17 4
Clear. mrs Porter Left here for home. mr Pollard Sent for me to See Sanford. I tarried & watcht. he is very Low indeed.   
18 5
Clear. I came home at noon, Left Sanford alive. Drest Betsy Chamberlins Soar. Foster is unwell, his face Sweld. I went to See Sanford at Evin, find him much the Same. Daniel Savages wife & Sally Peirce here, Brot home 16 Skeins of Linnin yn, ye spining of whice Satisfies me for ascisting mrs Savage in travl Oct 1st 1786.   
19 6
Clear. Gidion Sanford Departed this Life. mr Weston & his wife & Nathan here.   
20 7
Clear. Peggy Fox Came after me to go and See mrs Foster, Shee has took Cold, her Breast is painful. mr Foster is some better. I attend Funeral of mr Sanford & went back to mr Fosters, helpt her up & applied Some thing to her breast. mrs Voce with me. I went to Bed at ten, was Calld at 11h 30m to See mrs Goodwin in travil. arivd about one.   
21 G
Birth. Andrr Goodens Daftr. XX.
Arivd at mr Goodns at 1h noon, find her Safe Deliverd of a fine Dafter. Lady Cox operator. I tarried till ten. Sett out home by water, arivd at noon. attind worship aftern. the Revd mr Fosters Son Baptised, named Nathanl. Genny Cool here. I receivd a handsom reward of mr Goodin. mrs Voce carried it.   
22 2
Clear, at home all Day. Sally Barton here. mr Ballard went to Wails on Business.   
23 3
Clear & pleast. Sally here yt. Dorkes Pollard here to warp a piece of worsted. I finisht Hannahs Linning Gloves.   
24 4
Clear & very pleast. mr Vahn here. Sally Bartn left here. mr Foster, Savage & Brown here. mr Hadon fell into the river. Came here for a Shirt to put on till he Dried his Cloaths. Hannah & Dolly went to mr Westons. mr Ballard to Town Meeting.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.