Martha Ballard's Diary, March 19 - 22, 1791

19 7
Cloudy & rain. I was at Capt Herseys. mrs Savage & Cowen went home at Evng, mrs Voce and I tarried all night. at Capt Herseys.  
20 B
Clear & very pleast till near night when there arose a Squall of wind & Snow. mrs Voce & I tarried ys night. mrs Hersey rested very well. at Dittoes.  
21 2
Clear & Cool. Capt Hersey Conducted mrs Voce & I home. we left his Lady about house. I find my famely as well as usual. Josiah Ketth informd me yt mrs Peirce Expird this morn. mr Ballard is gone to ye hook to a meeting of ye proprietors at unity. Parthena returnd from mr Foots, informs me Fredricks infant has had fitts & yt Polly Bisbee is much Better. it Snowd be fore night. at Ditoes. mrs Peirce Expird ys morn at 6h 30m.  
22 3
Clear & very pleast. Jon a went to ye hook, Dolly to mr Blaks. Ephm with his Teem attempted going onto ye Crick to Load Some Boards which belongd to mr Hamlin. his Steers Broke thro the thee ice & we had a very great surprise. mrs Welch, mr Cragg & wing Came to our assistance. we relievd the teem and they were all Savd, but what I under went with my fatague was very Severe. Hannah and Parthena went to mr Blaks aftr Dinner. I went to mr Savages, find them Comfortable. Ephm Cowen here for things for Capt Savages Lady. at mr Savages. mrs Pierce interd at 4 h pm. Epms Oxen had like to have Drowned.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.