Martha Ballard's Diary, November 3 - 8, 1798

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Clear. I have been at home Puting my house in order &C. at home.  
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Clear morn, Some Snow fel in the past night. mr Ballard and I attended worship all day. the Ordinance of the Supper was Administred. mrss Lamb partook with us. I was Calld at Sun Sett to go to Esqr Haywoods and See his Sick Children, the Dagt was very ill all night. at meeting and at Esqr Haywoods, watcht with his Childn.  
5 2
Clear part of the day. I Came home Early ys morn. mr Ballard and Cyrus went to Town meeting. Otis Pierce Conducted his Sister, Hitty, to See me. Shee tarries all night, her Babe is with her. at Esqr Haywds. mrs Hitty Pierce here on a visit.  
6 3
Clear. John Davis Esqr & mrss Burtun were here, mrss Dingley and her Childn allso. I have been doing my hous work. I killd two Chikens to Send to my Dagt Town. may God be with and Support her in all he is pleased to lay upon her. at home.  
7 4
Cloudy. mr Ballard went to Son Towns. I have been at home. mrs Pierc with me yet. at home. mr Bald went to Winslow.  
8 5
Birth mr Thwings Dagt.
Cloudy. I have Brewd & Bakt, and was Calld after Sun Sett to mr Thwings to See his Lady who was in Labour, and was Deld of a Dagt at 8h Evn. I walkt to mr Thwings. he Saw mr Ballard returning from Son Towns, who informd him that our Dear Dagt Departed this life this Day. I returnd home about 10h Evn, when mr Ballard infmd me Shee Expired at 10h this morn. may God grand us all hearts to Submit to his will and to hear the Call, be allso ready. at mr Thwings. Birth 27th. recd 6/as rewd. Death of my Dagt Town, aged 40years, 2 months and 11 days.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.