Martha Ballard's Diary, December 19 - 28, 1787

19 4
A lowry Day. mr Ballard gone on the Devision line Between Revd mr Fosters & mr Kenadys. I have been at home, had a pain in my head. Dolly finisht weaving our hand kerchiefs [16] of them. Theophls finisht Sealing the west roome. it Snows this Eving. [AniverSary] of my marriag, 33 years.  
20 5
Cloudy, a Little Snow. mr Ballard gone to mr Pollards on Business. the Girls washt. mrs Porter Sent for me to See her Daftr Becky & Polly Bisbe there. I calld at Mr Williamss. Sallys Eys are Sore yet.   
21 6
Cloudy & Some Snow. mr Ballard been at Deacon Emersons makeing Raits. I have been at home, am informd that Mr Beamans infant Expired this Day, also that mr Charls Weber Bured a Child this weak. Death, of mr Beamans infant.  
22 7
Clear. I went to the hook; was at majr Duttuns, mrss Hallowils, mr Densmors, Revd mr Fosters and mr Westons. Calld at mrs Porters & Williamss, their Children are Some Beter. Theophilus maid a Book Caiss & put it up in ye East room.   
23 G
Clear. I Sett out to go to meeting & met Thomas Keny, who Calld me to See his wife who is unwel. I was at mr Whites this Day. snowd at night.   
24 2
Cloudy. I am at mr Whites yet, his Daft poorly.   
25 3
Cloudy. I am with mrs Kenny yet. Shee is better but Does not Consent I should leav her.   
26 4
Clear. I returnd home. Left mrs Kenny about house. I Calld at mr Pollards, hear that Rachel Faguht was Deliverd of a Daught 22nt inst, Wilm Cowens wife of a Son the 23. mrs Fletcher performd. mrs Voce has been here. mr Ballard at mr Pollards.   
27 5
Clear. mrs Savage & Polly & mrs Welch been here warping Hand kerchiefs. Doct Tupper took Break fast here.   
28 6
Cloudy, Snowd a little. mr Ballard went to help moove a house for Doct Colman. I have been at home. Dolly finisht weaving Cyruss Shirts. I warpt & putt in a piece of Lining and wove one yard. Shee began the Shirts Thursday.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.