Martha Ballard's Diary, May 13 - 19, 1791

13 6
mrs Coy went home, mrs Welman allso. mrs Preskott & mrs Tylor tarried. mrs Moore ill. it was rainy from 8 ys morn. we all went to Bed, I got but little rest. at mr Moores.  
14 7
X. Birth James Moores 4th Dagt. XX.
rainy morn, Cloudy Day. mrs Moore Calld us up at 2 h morn, Shee was Safe Deld at 2h 30m morn of a fine Dagt, her fifth Child, and is Cleverly. I returnd home accompanied by mr Mortgain, find Dolly at work and much more Comfortable. mr Ballard Sowd flax this Day. the Town mett yesterday & Chose Danl Coney Esqr to represent this Town. Cyrus Came here. at Ditoes. Birth 13th. receivd 7/6 of mr James Moore for this Days Performance, Sept 30 1793.  
15 B
Clear. mr Bullin & Lady & Son Dind here. Dolly wrode out. Parthina & Jona here. Cyrus & Ephm Sought the young Cows Calf, found it Dead & Drove thee Cow home. I have been at home. at home.  
16 2
Clear. I have been at home. Shuball Hinkleys wife was here. I have been Doing hous work & weading gardin. Hannah washt & Bakt & washt the Kitchen floar. Dolly very weak & low, not able to Sett up but very little. Thoms Smyle Dind here. at home. Dolly is very low.  
17 3
Clear. mr Ballard is 66 years old this Day. I have been at home, wd Gardin fore nn. Dolly wrode down to Capt P. Browns & up as far as mr Westons ys morn. Hannah & Shee went to mr Livermores aftern. mrs Livrmr was here. at home. mr Ballards Birth Day. Dolly more Comfortable  
18 4
Clear. I workt in my Gardin foren. Dolly wrode to mr Hamlins, he & his wife here. I Churnd & made a Chees. mr Ballard Complains of faintness ys aftn. my Corn & Beens & Peas & Beets are Come up. Hannah planted Cucumrs. at home.  
19 5
Clear. I wed gardin foren. mrs Livermr here. Jona Dind with us, we had greens, the first we have gatherd from our Gardin. mrs Livermore & I went to See mrs Coney who is very poorly. mr Ballard went to his meddow, Saw mrs Brown & her Mother who Came to town ys day. at Doct Coneys. Ephm went to mr Bullins, his Sons wife is Sick.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.