Martha Ballard's Diary, December 17 - 24, 1785

17 7
17 B A fine pleast Day. for ye Season, I attended Divine Servis both parts of ye Day. A very rainy Day. ye freshet rose in ye Brook. Duttons Dam met with a breach which causd it to rise higher than usual. no great damage hapend here.   
18 B
A fine, pleast Day. mr Haselet performd Divine Servis. I attended all Day. Hannah & Dolly went to See mrs Williams this Evining.   
19 2
I have been at home ys Day. it is the anaversiry of my Marriage and 31 years Since mr Ballard and I were Joind in Wedlock.   
20 3
I have been at home all day. mended a Coat for mr Ballard & 1 for Cyrus & Ephs Trousers. ye Girls went to see Polly Hamlin ys Evinng. mr Balld been on ye Road by Herseys.   
21 4
Birth. Beamans Dafter. XX
I was at home till about Sun Set, then Calld to Mrs Beaman being in Travil & was Safe Delivd of a Dafter about mid night. I tard all night. Mrs Williams here this afternoone. mr Balld at Valabboro.   
22 5
It Snowd. I Came from Beamans, was much fatagud. did no work at home ys Day.   
23 6
At home ys day. Mr Savage here; Shod oxen. he and wife spent Evinng here.   
24 7
Mr Ballard returnd from Surveying at Varsalborough (by Disire of Esq Lovjoy). I have been at home all Day, mended Mr Ballards Breaches. Polly Hamllin here for milk, Drank Coffee here.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.