Martha Ballard's Diary, July 26 - August 6, 1785

26 3
Clear & hott. I was at home all Day Collecting herbs. hannah Combd Flax, Dolly rode hors to plough. Sheribiah Town Breakfasted here.   
27 4
Cloudy. I went to mr Westons to See Polly Adams, She being Lame. Cald at mr Pollards; Drank Tea. We killd a veall, I drest ye head & feet at Evening.   
28 5
Very hott. Broth Moore was here to have writeings Drawn. mrs Bolton here. Hannah and Dolly Gone Mr Westons. mr Leighton here. Enformd yt mrs Hersy was Delivrd of a Son. I was at home all day.   
29 6
A Shouer. old mrs Hardin here; we Cleand Sellers. I washt Barrils & was at home all Day.   
30 7
Clear. we washt ye East roome. I was at home.   
31 B
Clear. I went to meeting. Old mrs Haws & Daughtr & Sister Moore here at noone. they & many more people Calld after meeting. mr Ballard & I went to See them up ye rips.   
1 2
Clear. My Girls washd. Dolly rode a hors to plough. I gott a mess of String Beans, ye first we have had. was at home ys Day.   
2 3
I was at home all day.   
3 4
I was at home all day. there was a Shower. Alice Ballard Came here, mrs Kenady here. we had Roast Lamb for Dinner. Jonat & Dannl Robbins brot 1 Barl flour, 1/2 Barl Pork, 10-1/2 galns molasis from ye hook.   
4 5
Clear. mr Ballard went to Survey for mr Duten. I was Calld to mr Chamberlins, Shee being unwell. tard all night. mrs Church is ill, mrs Winslow with her.   
5 6
Clear. I Came home from Chamberlins ys morn. Polly Hamlen Came home with Hannah & Alice Ballard ys Eving. I was at home ys Day.   
6 7
Rainy. Polly here ys Day. I was at home, we baked. I finishd makeing ye forth Sheet.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.