Martha Ballard's Diary, January 16 - 23, 1789

16 6
Clear. mr Bald at Coart. I was at home. mr Porter & wife, Patrig & Foster went to Foots. Clarrissa Came here with them in ye night after we were in Bed. Dolly & Parthena wrode out in Eving, Polly Bisbe also. at home. mr W[ ] of Jones planta[ion] lost [his] hous [  fire].  
17 7
Snow. mr Porter & others Left here Bound for home. mr Ballard at Coart. I have been at home. we have had but little Company Since the forenn. at home.  
18 D
Clear & Something Cold. mr Lee was here. my Girls gone to Hamlins. I have been at home. mrs Savage here. at home.  
19 2
Cloudy & not very Cold. mr Ballard at Coart. it was ajournd without Day ys Evin. I have been at home mending My quillt. Dolly wove 6-1/4 yd s Cloath for mr Voce. at home.  
20 3
Snowd morn, raind Eving. mr Ballard went to ye hook. I have been at home. mr Black here for a Sartificate. mr Lee here this morn. my girls washt. I workt on my quillt. at home. Marriage mr H. Black was [sic].  
21 4
Clear & pleast. mr Ballard pickt mill. I have been at home, finisht quilting the patches on my quilt. Parthena went to mr Hamlins to Stay with his wife. Woodwd Allin went away from here. Cyrus Bot 4 Dzn of Smelts. at home.  
22 5
Cloudy. mr Ballard helping Cyrus. I have been at home. mr Savage & his wife here. at home.  
23 6
Clear. I have been at home and finished mending my quillt. at home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.