Martha Ballard's Diary, November 23 - 28, 1789

23 2
Clear part of ye Day, but Chilly. I have been at home mending hoes. my Girls washt. my Sons are all unwell with Colds. Jon a Staid at ye hook ys night. at home.  
24 3
Clear & pleasant. mr Ballard returnd home from his Surveying, has finisht the job Except Planing. I feel very unwell my Self. Bill Asa Wing here, brot a Letter to mr Ballard from a friend. Savage Boltons wife here. Manly is unwell, Dolly also. at home.  
25 4
Clear. Jon a Butcherd a beef for us. Stuteler Springer paid me for asisting his wife in travil the 4 of Last august. I have been at home. mr Ballard been to mr Wings. I was at home. Joseph Stackpl a Dagt Born.  
26 5
Clear foren, Cloudy aftn. mr Bald is Gone to the hook. mr Hamlin & wife here going to mr Burtuns. we Dind on roast Beef. mr Foot & his Son took Break fast here. my famely all Seeme Better of yr Coalds. I was at home.  
27 6
Cloudy & Chilly. I was Calld to See Neigr Savage, find him very Sick; the most of his famely unwell. I feel very unwell Since I returnd. at mr Savages.  
28 7
Cloudy. mr Ballard went for Doctr Coney to See mr Savage. Manley Left here Bound for Bridgwater. I have felt very weak & feeble ys Day. I have [been] at home. Manly left here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.