Martha Ballard's Diary, May 4 - 10, 1788

4 E
A rainy Day. mr Ballard only of our famely attended public worship. mr Mathews & his Broth Sleep here. mr Brooks & Judg Howards wido Published. Beal & Polly Savage also.  
5 2
Clear till after n, then a thunder Shour. mrs Williams here. I went there, he is Poorly. there has been a Town meeting. they made Choice of Doct Coney to Represent us in General ascembly. Doct Colmans Lady & her Sister were here. Jabish Cowen workt here.   
6 3
Clear. mr Ballard went to Brothr Moores. Jabe Cowen workt till 3 o Clok. we were Favd with Company of mrss Betsy Thomas, Dorkes & Nabby Pollard, Hannah Mc Keknay & Hanh North. I have been at home. James Burton wounded his Legg.  
7 4
Clear. I have been at home. the Girls washt. mr Ballard Came home. Broth Moores Children have been Sick. Thankful Croell Departed this Life The 4th Day after Shee was Seizd of the putred feaver. James Bolton and mr Green workt half ye Day, halld thee mill Timber into ye Door yard.   
8 5
Clear. mr Josh Foster Brot his wife here. Shee had a feaver fitt while here. I have been at home. Hannah wove three yds of wail Cloath. Polly Cool here. Theophelus is Publisht to mrs Sally Rockit of OXford.  
9 6
Cloudy; raind at night. mr Ballard went to mr Vahans. mr Benn Porter Dind here, Says his wife has been poorly. I have been at home. Hannah wove 3 yds. mrs Savage Brot home five Skeins Linning & 4 of Tow. Polly sent 16 Skeins Tow by Dolly.   
10 7
Cloudy & rain. I have been finisht Jonas frok. Hannah wove 3-1/2 yds.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.