Martha Ballard's Diary, November 14 - 20, 1790

14 C
Cloudy. Leut Hains Learned took Breakfast here, and he and his [ ] Brother left here. ye Capt Bound Directly to oxford. mrs Betsey Howard & mrs Colman Sent Some things here for Polly Taytor; wine, Sugar, apples, Bread and fine linning raggs. it began to rain before 9 Evn. at home. Capt Learned Left here. therewas a meeting at Abisha Cowens ys Day.  
15 2
Cloudy foren, Clear & very pleast aft. I helpt Ephm and John Savage git french Turnips in & Some Cabbages. & knitt Some. Dolly finisht weaving Cyruss Cloath, wove it at mr Hamlins; there was 8-1/2 yds. mrs Woodwd here; informs me Hannah North is mending but very weak indeed. at home. raind.  
16 3
Cloudy, and Some rain. I have been at home. mrs Brown went past, informs me that Hannah North is So weak that Shee faints when they take her out of Bed. Ephm & John moovd part of ye fence. at home. rain.  
17 4
a very rainy Day, Some Snow. we are very much put to it for fewel. I have been at home, finisht a pair of Linning Stockins for Dolly and I began Ephm a pair of woollinany. at home. rain & Snow.  
18 5
Snow and rain. mrs Benjamin quilted a Bed quilt here. my Self and Girls and mrs Chamberlin helpt her. we got it out in ye first of ye Evng. at home quilting. Snowd & raind.  
19 6
a very rainy Day. we had to hoist Gates to prevent ye foundation of ye Bridg from fleeting. I made 11-1/2 DZn Candles. Borrowed 11 lb Tallow of Jona. at home. rain.  
20 7
Cloudy and Some rain. Clear in ye Evng. mr Town was here, his famely are well. I have been at home, finisht a Stocking for Ephm. I Sent to Voce for Some Tea & Sugar; he wd not Send me any. at home. rain.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.