Martha Ballard's Diary, January 11 - 14, 1801

11 1
Birth son Polards 2nd Son. Birth Son Jonas 2nd Dagt.
Snowd and raind ys morn. my Dear Dagt Pollard was at 0h 20m morn safe Deld of her Second Son & 5t h Child. I Sett up with her till 5. Shee was Exercised with pain & faintness, the infant Seemd very unwell till then. mrs Toll Sett up all night. Dagt Lambd Came in the morn and I went on the bed and had the finest nap I have had Since the first in this year. mr Ballard Came after me at 3h Pm to Come to Son Jonas wife who is in Labour. Shee was safe Deld at 6h 30m Evn of her Second Dagt and 6th Child. I tarried with her till 10 then Came home and Sett with John till mid night. at Sons Pollards & Jonas. Birth 1st. Birth2nd.  
12 2
Clear. I have been at home, done my hous work and done for John, but am ungreatfully treated by his mother. may God forgiv her. at home.  
13 3
Clear. Hitty Continues her ingrattitude. Esqr Davis Came and removd his Son to Son Jonas. mrs Conry, Jason Pierce & wife, Son Jona and Sabary Price Came to assist. it is happy for me as I am allmost fataugd to Death by doing what I have. Doct Barton Sleeps here. at Son Jonas this aftern. John was removd from here to my sons.  
14 4
Clear. I have had A Day of great Composier. Bror Barton writing on the plans mr Ballard has been makeing. mrs Herington washt. Son & Dagt Lambd here on their way to mr Capins. Jane & I Cleand the Skins for Sausages. at home. Doct Barton, Son Lambd & wife here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.