Martha Ballard's Diary, October 18 - 24, 1791

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Clear & pleast. mr Ballard & Hodges went to Pitts town for ye Boat, got her up as far as here. William Haywood & Moses Pollard Dind here. Hannah washt, Dolly weaving. I have been at home. mr Weston Calld here. mrs Sherburns Infant was interd. at home. funeral of mrs Sherburns inft.  
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Clear & Pleasant. mr Ballard Surveyd land yt mr Pollard Sold to Esqr Williams, made a Plann & wrote a Deed at Evn. mr Dagts went to help Thos Hinkleys wife quillt a Bed quillt. Ephm and Ezra went to Pitts town. I have been at home. we got our Beets in. mrs Livermr here at Evn. W. Haywood Sleeps here. Dolly tarried till Late. at home, my Girls went to quillting. Doct Colman removd to the hook.  
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Clear foren, Over Cast aft & Evng. my Dagts went to winthrop to attend the weding of Richard Foster & Clarra Barton. mr Ballard went to Pittst Early ys morn. Epm & Ezra returnd afternn. I have been at home, finisht footing my Self a Pair hoes. at home. my Dagts gone to Clarrasweding.  
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Over Cast morn. mrs Kennady here. Cloudy Evn & very moderate. mr Ballard Came home from Pitts tn. I have been at home. my Dagts returnd before Day. at home.  
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Cloudy forenn, rainy aftrn. Ezra left here ys morn, home wd Bound. Epm went & Carried him on hors Back as far as mr Wals. mr Ballard giting wood. I have been at home. at home. my girls returnd from weding.  
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Snowd & raind. I was Calld to See Sally Peirce at 9 h morn, the rideing very Bad. Doct Colman Calld me from there aft noon to See his Lady. I was Calld from there to Sally before morn. at mr Peirces. A Snow Storm.  
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X. Birth Sally Peirces Son. XX.
Clear. I was Calld from ye Docts to Sally, Shee was Safe Deld at 1 h pm of a fine Son. her illness very Severe but I left her Cleverly & returnd to ye Docts about Sun Sett. Sally Declard that my Son Jona was the father of her Child. at Doct Colmans & mrPeirces. Birth 27th

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.