Martha Ballard's Diary, March 27 - April 5, 1812

27 6
[Birth Edwd Savages Son].
Cloudy part of the day. I was Calld at 10h am by Edwd Savage to go and See his wife who was in Labour. I had a fall on my way but not much hurt. found the patiend had Calld 2 Mid wives & Doct Ellis before Shee Saw me. I found her mind was for Doct Cony. he was Calld and as Providence would have Shee Calld on me to assist her. I performd the Case. Shee was Deld at 8h 30m pm of a Son and is as wel as can be expected. I Slept at mr Jery Babcocks, had an aguish turn in the night. at Edwd Savages. Birth 11th.  
28 7
Cloudy. I returnd home before noon, feel fatagud. Doct Cony gave me hira picra & Camphr. I went to bed & Slept Some aftern. at Ditoes.  
29 1
A tedious Snow Storm. I have felt very unwel all day & night. at home, unwel.  
30 2
Some Sun Shine but very Cold & windy. this is the anaversary of Son Ephms Birth 33 years Since. at home, very feeble.  
31 3
Clear and not very warm. I have felt very feeble. Wilm Sprague brot me 1 bushel of Corn, Carried it to mill; got it ground, brot it and what we had at the mill before. at home. Wm Sprague brot me 1 Bushl Corn.  
1 4
Clear and more pleast. I have felt feeble. mrs Burd in here to Spin Linning on Dagt Ballards wheal. I had 1-4/1 lb Butter Churnd ys day. at home.  
2 5
Clear and warm. mrs Stone went home. mrs Bennet & Anna to See mrs Ballard. I have felt very feeble. at home. mrs Stone went home.  
3 6
Clear. I have felt feeble. Asa Pierce Came here about mid night for me to go to Jery Tolmans but I did not go about. at home.  
4 7
[X Birth Joel Clearks 5th Son XX].
Clear. I was Calld at 1h this morn by mr Cleark to See his wife in Labour. I wrode on hors back with out a pillion, felt very much fatagued. the Patient was Safe Deld at 3h pm of her fifth Son. I tarried all night. at [Joel] Clearks. Birth 12. recd 6/ and 4 lb Snuff, Sugar & [Cash] in full.  
5 1
Cloudy. I Came home in a Sleigh Early ys morn, was fatagued. went onto the bed Soon after I got home, did not Sett up but little all day. at Ditoes. Came home fatagued.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.