Martha Ballard's Diary, February 12 - 16, 1790

12 6
Clear & Cold. I have been at home. mr Wade brot a load of hay from Pollards meddow. Parthena Spillt a Lamp of oil on mr Ballards Jackoat. at home.  
13 7
Clear & not so Cold. Capt Savage & Lady Dind here. I have been at home; finisht footing Jona a pair of hoes. my Girls finisht mr Ballards Jackoat. at home. The water flows over ye ice; makes Bad [Crosing] the Pond.  
14 C
Clear & very pleasant morn; Cloudy aftn. Snowd before night. Jona went to Carry things to Luke Barton. I hear Hannah Davis was living yester day. I have been at home. at home.  
15 2
a very pleasant Day. Snowd at Evn. I have been very unwell with the Collic. Benn Brown & wife here. mrs Reed, Ephm returnd from winslow. Patty Town Came with him. mr Charls Brown brot them; he Sleeps here. mr Ballard & Foster been to the meddow; Jon a returnd. mr Barton is a little more Comfortable. at home Sick with ye Collic. Parthena went to nurs mrs Foot who was Delivrd of a Daugt thee night past.  
16 3
X Birth. Leut Shaws Son. XX.
Snowd. I feel more free from pain but very weak. mr Pollard & Lady here to See me. I was Calld at ye 5th h to See the wife of Leut John Shaw. Shee was Safe Delivrd of a fine Son at ye 7th. I returnd a ye 11th. feel as well as I Could Expect. had a pritty good nights rest. at Leut John Shaws. I lost a miten. mr Ballard Bot 12 lb Butter of mr Arnal. Birth 7th

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.