Martha Ballard's Diary, October 10 - 15, 1786

10 3
a clear day. I Came from mr Porters at Sun rise, was at mr Westons, Pollards, & Brookses. Bt a Black handkercf of a Dutchmn, a Case of knives & forks of mr Brooke. have had much Labour to perform ys Day. Sister Williams Came here about 1/O Clok. Jonn killd a Steer. Cyrus went to ye hook for some Earthen ware. mr Pollard gave a dollar which was Left for me by a man from winthp.   
11 4
Clear & Pleast. the Revd Isaac Foster was ordaind in this Town. my Famely all attended Except my Self & Ephm. mr Fuller, Doct warren & Brother Town Supt here. Gillbreath went home aftern.   
12 5
Clear & Very pleast. Shere Town & young mr Howard Breakfasted. mr Bullin, Hopkins & wives, mrs Emerson & [      ] Dind. mr Ballard and I went to mr Pollards, ye Girls to mr Westons. Derias Ballard Came for his mother, they Left here for home at two O/Clok.   
13 6
Clear. Eliab Shaw workt for us. mr Brown Dind here. mr Davis Came here, he has ye Shingles. we bled a Catt & applid ye Blood which gave him relief. Doct Lee here. mr Ballard went to Capt Suels. Hannah makeing my Skirt. Polly & Sally Drank Tea wh us.   
14 7
Clear. Eliab Shaw here to work, Benr Brown Junr also. mr Davis here yt. Jono at Capt Pages, was informd yt mr Shepherd departed ys Life ys morn. it is 9 years ys day since we arivd at John Joness Landing at ye farm.   
15 A
A Clear day. I Stayd at home. Davis hear yt, Doct Coney Came to See him after meeting, advisd him to go to ye Salt water. its 9 years this morn Sinc we went in at mr Joness to Live. Silas Lee is at mr Brookss, Polly Sleeps here. Polly Dudly & Sally were here ys Evinng.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.