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The Jul. 8 entry is mentioned in a list Laurel Ulrich compiled of all Medicinal Ingredients Mentioned in Martha Ballard's Diary
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The Jul. 9-12 entries are relevant to the "The Purrinton Murders" Story in Martha Ballard's Diary
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we had fine Showers for which we ought to be thankfull. I have done my hous work, Sett Plants, houghd beens before ye rain. mr Ballard houghd Corn foren. I pickt Some wool. H., S. & Mt Ballard here for Curents for Old mrs Dunpha, her Grand Childn have ye hooping Cough. at home. mrs Heartwel here. Son Jona had a load hay brot to the Barn.
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Clear and warm. my Husband & I were awake at 3h ys morn by mrss Heartwel and Gillbard who brot us ye horrible tydings that Capt Purington had murdered all his famely Except his Son James who must have Shared the Same fate had he not been So fortunate as to make his Escape after an attempt was made to take his life. he was wounded with an ax, he fled in his Shirt only and alarmd mr Wiman of ye horrid Scein, who immediately ran to Son Jonas. they two went to hous where the horrid Scein was perpetrated. my Son went in and found a Candle which he lit and to his great Surprise Said Purington, his wife & Six Childn Corpss and Martha, he perceived had life remaining, who was removd to his house. Surgical aid was immediately Calld and Shee remains alive as yet. my husband went and returnd before Sun rise, when after takeing a little food he and I went on to the hous, there to behold ye most Shocking Scein thal was Ever Seen in this part of ye world. may an infinitely good God grant that we may all take a sutable notis of this horrid deed, tearn wisdom there from. the Corps were removd to his Barn where they ware washt and Laid out Side by Side. a horrid Spectakle which many hundred persons Came to behold. I was there till near night when Son Jona Conducted me to his hous and gave me refreshment. the Coffins were brot and ye Corps Carried in a Waggon & Deposited in Augusta meeting hous. at the hous of Capt Purington to behold A Dreadful Scean indead. him Silf & wife & Six of his Childn all Dead Corps.
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