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A Midwife's Tale

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July 15-21, 1787
Clear. our famely all went to meeting but my self & Eph, he is Broak out with rash. Sister Bartons Son is much better. Shee went from here iwth mr Faught Bound for home.

X Birth. Isaac Savages Dafter. X I was Calld to mr Savages at 1 O Clok morn, his wife in Travil & was Safe Dld at 11PM of a Dafter, tho Dangerous for Some Time. I tarried till Day light. a thunder Shower.

Clear. mr Faught here, Says Gidion Barton is very well & Sister went from there this morn. mr Porter & Pamela Left here for her her [sic] fathers on a visit. I came home about Day light & went to bed. Eph is Better, went to School. I went to mr Savages after, Shee is very Comfortable. Gillbreath Sleeps here. mr [G Cowen] here on business with mr Ballard.

Cloudy & very Cold for y season. mr Ballard houghing potatoes. I carrid mrs Pollards Sleigh home & was at mr westons & Col Norths. find my famely all in Bed on return.

Clear. I went to Deacon Coneys & y Doctors, mr Churches, & Cap Belchers. mr Ballard went to a vessel at y hook & got some Corn. I Come home with him. Pamela returnd. Shee was joind in Wedlok with mr Porter yesterday. mrs. Church was Dilivd of a son last Tusday morn at 1O Clok & 20 m. Doct Coney operator. Jerymy Baddoks wife y Same Night of a Dafter. old mrs Fletcher performed the ofice of a midwife for her.

Clear. mr Williams & wife & Sally h. mr [] Barton & Betsy Town from Pitts Town[ ]. mrs Welch here for. I went to mr Savages, Drest her infant, form them Cleverly. mr Densmoore here for advice for his Son who is lambd by a fall which brousd his knee. Sally Peirce been here y after. we have Bakt Some rice pudings y Evinng. I finisht mr Ballard Linn Hoes at 9 & 3/4 O Clok.
You can view the diary in its entirety at DoHistory, a site dedicated to the story of Martha Ballard and the process of exploring history through the use of primary sources.

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