Martha Ballard's Diary, August 20 - 28, 1791

20 7
Clear. mr Ballard Surveying for Ebenz Church. I have been at home, gatherd ripe Beet Seed, mended hoes. my Dagts went to mrs Welches. at home.  
21 B
Clear. mr Livemrs & Lady here. I have been at home, my Dagts to mr Hamlins. at home.  
22 2
Clear. mr Ballard & Cyrus went to pitts town, returnd. mr Balld then went to Esqr Lovjoys to Look of a mill place. mrs Lois Hinkley & Lucy Cleark here. at home.  
23 3
Clear. Jona helpt kill 3 Bares by mr Abm Pages. Dolly is very Sick. Son Town Sleeps here. I have been at home. mrs Livermr & Densmr here. at home, gatherd a ripe water Mellion.  
24 4
Birth Saml Badcks Son.
Clear. mr Ballard returnd. Capt Fillebrowns Lady here. Dolly is better. I was Calld at 5h 30m Evn to See Saml Badcoks wife, arivd at 7. Shee was Delivd of a fine Son at 10. I tarried all night. at Saml Badcoks. Birth 19th.I receivd 3lb1/4 unwasht wool of mr Badcock.  
25 5
X. Birth Capt Neys Son. XX.
Clear & very warm. I Came home at 6h morn. Son Town here. I was Calld at 8 to See mrs Ney. Shee was Safe Deld at 1h pm of a Son. I tarrid till near night. there was a Sprinkling of rain. I receivd 6/ as a reward. find mr John Jones, Ezekiel Chace and mrs Rockwood here. mr Jones Sleeps here. at Capt Neys. Birth [20th]. mr John Jones here.  
26 6
Clear. mr Ballard at the hook, Bot 1 Quire Paper. mr Weston & Lady & mrs Johnston here. I have been at home. at home.  
27 7
X. Birth Isaac Hardings Dagt X. & X. James Savages Son X.
Clear. I was Calld by Isaac Hardin at 4 h morn, his wife Delivd of a Dagt at 1 h pm. I went Directly from there to James Savages, my hors mrd in a Swamp and I fell off. arivd at Savages at 3, find her Safely Deld of a fine Son by his marms assistance. were fresht and went back to Hardins by Colo Duttuns farm. I wrode Hardins hors home, arivd at 8 very much fatagud. at mr Hardins & James Savages. Birth 2[1]th. Birth James Savages Son. Birth 22.  
28 B
Clear. Jon a went to a Baptist meeting, Saw 9 persons receiv Baptism. Parthenia, Polly Pollard and mr Hamlin, Eliphlet Robbins here. I have been at home. at home. Dagt Town is 33 years old ys Day.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.