Martha Ballard's Diary, July 24 - 29, 1788

24 5
Cloudy. mr Ballard Surveying for Thos Hinkly. I have been at home. Hannah went to See mrs Williams. mrs Woodward Calld here. Capt [Benn] Stickny Married to Nabby Jackson.  
25 6
Clear Except a Shower. mr Carr & mr Page here fixing to take the Valluation. I went to See mrs Williams, her Child is much as Shee has been. Revd mr Foster was there; informs his Lady is poorly. Doct Colman went to See her. I was at wido Williamss
26 7
Cloudy foren, heavy Showers with Thunder aftn. Broth Moore here; he Left Boston yesterday morn. I have been at home. mr Ballard been writeing. we killd a Calf which wd 79 lb. we putt out our yarn to whiten for a piece of Check. I have been at home. Dog Days begin ys Day.  
27 E
very rainy. we brot 50 pails of water out of our Seller. mr Ballard went to the meeting house & met Revd mr Foster & Nr Savage. there was no preaching. the Girls went to Theos Hamlins at Eving. we roasted a Line of veal for Dinner. I was at home.  
28 2
Cloudy. mr Girls washt & Scourd. I pulld Some flax & went to See Patty Williams. Shee is much as Shee has been. mr Benn Leighton Sleeps here this night. mr Ballard been takeing valluation. at mrs Williamss
29 3
Clear. I have been tending yarn to whiten & pulld Some flax the also. Hannah & Parthena went to mrs Wilmss at Eving. mr Ballard been surveying for Subal Hinkly. at home all Day.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.