Martha Ballard's Diary, February 4 - 11, 1793

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X. Birth Jonas Son. XX.
Cloudy, Snowd Some. I feel Some more Comfortable, went to washing; mr Ballard to mr Sheppards. my Son Jona Came for me and Cyrus went & Brot our hors back. we went in hast, find my Dagt ill. her women were Calld & Shee Safe Deld at 8h Evn of a Son, and is very Comfortable. at my Sons. Birth 7th
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Cloudy. I was at my Sons till near night When mr Pitt Conducted mrs Barton & my Self as far as mr Burtons. we wrode in his Carriage home, brot Jack home with us. at my sons. mrs Bolton Sent me a Shaul.  
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Cloudy, raind at Evn. I have been at home, Bakt & Breud. mr Ballard went to Winthp, Bot 3_ lb Butter. mrs Barton very unwell with a Cold. at home.  
7 5
Clear but Cold. I went to my Sons, his wife is not So well as when I left her. I made use of remidies which gave relief. I returnd home at Sun Set. mrs Barton is better than Shee was yesterday. at my Sons. mrs Brown was here.  
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Cloudy, Snowd a lillle. mr Ballard & Ephm got wood. Cyrus to Pitstn to mill. I have been at home, mrs Barton washt. mr Ballard brot a pair of Shoes from mr Childs for me, informs me their infant is very Sick. at home, had a pain in my Ear.  
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Cloudy & moderate. mr Ballard and Ephm went to mr Preskots for Hay. I have been at home. Cyrus went to Moses Sewalls, bot 8_ lb Chees, Cost 5/8, gingrbd /4. three of mr Densmrs Dagt s here. at home.  
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Clear. mr Ballard went to ye hook aftn to hear mr Smith. Son Jona was here, his wife is Cleverly. I havi been at home. at home.  
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Clear & Cold. mr Ballard & Ephm are gone to mr Preskotts for Hay. I have been at home. Betsy Champney was here, informs old Lady Coney is no better. at home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.