Martha Ballard's Diary, April 20 - 26, 1788

20 E
rainy part of ye Day. I attended worship aftern, Hannah also. there were but few people there. Levy Moore & Wm Roberts here. at meeting.  
21 2
Clear & Cold. I have been at home; finished makeing my soap; had a barril. Cleand 80 Skeins of Tow yn. the girls Bakt & Brewd. mr Ballard been with mr Carr & Capt Sewall to the Lott of Land which mr Savage & he ownd. they prised it at 16/ an acre. at home.  
22 3
Clear till towards Evin, then Snowd. we have washt a larg washing. Polly Savage helpt us. I paid her in flax. Son Town Sleeps here; his Children are unwell. mr Ballard been to ye hook. at home.  
23 4
Snow foren, rain aftern. mr Ballard gone to Doct Coneys. Son Town & Luke Barton Sleep here. mr Savage & mr Benn Brown here at Eving. Dolly wound & warpt & drawd in mrs Williamss webb. I have been at home. Combed flax for Cyrus & Jonathan. Snowd. at home.  
24 5
Cloudy. Son Town & mr Barton left here for home. mr Ballard been to Cabesy; bot Cloath for a pair of Breaches. I have quilld 14 Skeins of yarn & Combd 10 lb flax. Dolly has wove 7-1/2 yds. mr Lemuel Cumings Sleeps here. rain. at home.  
25 6
A laury Day. mr Ballard Been to the hook. I have quilld for Dolly. Shee has wove 8-1/2 yds. mr Cumings been to Pownalboro & returnd & Sleeps here. Danl Robins Sleeps hr also. rain. at home.  
26 7
At home. Cleaning yarn & quiling. Dolly finisht her piece 23-1/2 yd. Capt Nichols, Reubin & Richd Moore Dind.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.