Martha Ballard's Diary, August 4 - 11, 1791

4 5
Clear. I left mrs Badcock, walkt home. Dolly is poorly. Foster to work here. finisht my [Shoes], I went to mr Pitts Store, Bot 1 quart W E Spirrit, 1 Skein of Black Silk and 2 knots off Thread, all cost 2/3. I Calld at mr Pollards & mr Densmores, went to See mrs Welch who is unwell. mrs Lucy Norcross & mrs Pheba Hinkly here. mr Ballard workt on mr Densmrs house. at Ditoes. had Compy
5 6
Cloudy. mr Ballard workt for mr Densmore. I have been at home, piqut wool, wed Some in my gardin. mr Saml Norcrose & wife & mrs Dana here. Foster made Ephms Shoes. at home, had Compy
6 7
Cloudy & Some rain. mr Ballard went to Vocees, Cyrus to Cobyse mill for mr Foster, who made Ephm a pair of Calf Skin Shoes. went to mr Kennadys & mrs Welches, Shee is Some more Comfortable. at mr Kennadys & mrs Welches.  
7 B
Clear & warm. mr Ballard, my Self and all my Sons attended worship. Juett Foster is publisht to Hannah Thompson, another couple allso. at meeting.  
8 2
Clear. my Dagts washt at ye river, Dryd & irond. mr Ballard went to his meddow, Carried utencels for geting hay. Parthenia went to work for mrs Pollard. I have been at home, Did house work. at home. Parthenia went to work for mrs Pollard.  
9 3
Cloudy foren. our men went to ye meddow. it began to rain at noone, mr Ballard & Cyrus returnd. Foster here to work. I have been at home. mr Sawyer here. at home, the men to meddow.  
10 4
Showers. mr Ballard Sett out for the meddow, met the men & returnd home. I have been at home, knitt Some, workt in my Gardin Some. mrs Tubs here. at home.  
11 5
Cloudy. our men went to the meddow. Cyrus returnd at Evn. Liddia Foster & her Brothers Sleep here. I have been to Jeremy Whites; old Lady Coutch, mr White, Kenny & yr wives there. Sally Whites youngest Child is Sick. at mr Whites.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.