Martha Ballard's Diary, July 1 - 5, 1786

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A Clear Day. mr Ballard, Son Town, Jono & Ephn Cowen gone to asist Broth Moore Rais his hous. the Girls went to mr Westons. Polly Hamlin Came home with ym, & sleeps hr. Mr Sual here, paid me 6/ for attending his wife in Travil with her Last Child. Capt Springer paid 4/ for my Servis, it being what remaind my Due. mr Hollowy Sleeps here ys night. the anavercery of ye Death of my Dater Dorothy.   
2 A
A hott day. Son Town, Betsy & Polly Left here for home. Jono went wh them. we Dind on veal hazlet. mr Brooks, Theops, Polly Hamln & Sally Pre here aftern. Capt Nichols here Directly from oxford, informs our friends are well. his Daftr Campbel has had her 7th Son.   
3 2
Clear. the girls washt. Mr Ballard wint to mr Sualls forenn, to town meating aftern. mrs Copelin & mrs Hodges here. I feel unwell. Cowen Moed ye gardin. we pickt some Cotten.   
4 3
a Cloudy day. mr Ballard & 12 men wrkd on ye Road up ye hill North of our hous. mr Smily here, Dind. Jono Came home from Son Towns, they are well. we Bakd a quartr of Veal & Began to Spin our Cottne. Jono Brot home Some herrin fish fm Towns.   
5 4
Clear. mr Ballard workd about home. I went to Mr Williamss. mrs Page there. James Slacpool Sleeps here. the anaversery of the Death of my Daugt Martha who Deceast in 1769 aged 8 years & 2 months & 28 Days.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.