Martha Ballard's Diary, December 10 - 15, 1791

10 7
Cloudy. thee ice Stopt against our house. I have been at home, feel much fatagud with my Exposements of late. at home.  
11 B
Clear & not very Cold. my Childn, who are Single, all at home, Parthenia allso. mr Peter Jones Dind here (we had a line of Lamb roast.) I went home with him to See his Son, tarried all night. mr Savage & his wife were there. at mr Jonses.  
12 2
Snowd. I left mr Joness at noon. Calld at mr Wessons, Dind there, find her weak. Shee has not walkt her room any Since Shee was put to bed. her infant is at mr Hewens. I Calld at mr Densmores, their Children are giting better. Esqr Lithgo here, requested of me to go & See his Lady next weak. we had a very rainy night. at Ditoes & mr Wessons & Densmors.  
13 3
rain with a S wind, the Evnng it Snowd. Ephm & Jack brot our Sheep from mr Peter Clearks, one of them has been wounded on the neck. I Drest it with Tarr. I have been at home, began my Self a Stockin. the Girls finisht Spining a Cottne warp. mr Ballard been mending a Slead. I have been at home.  
14 4
Clear. my Girls washt. mr Ballard attempted to go to his meddow but Could not get there. mrs Livermr here at Evng. I Was Calld at 9 h Evn to See mrs Selvester who was in Labour. a Cool but pleast Evng. at mr Selvesters. mr Pages infant Expird.  
15 5
X. Birth mr Selvestr Son & 3rd Child. XX.
Clear & Pleast. mrs Selvestr was Safe Deld of a Son which wd 8-1/2 lb at 3h morn. I left her Cleaverly at 11. Calld at Capt Filebrowns & Jene Whebs. walkt part of ye way home, wrode the other. receivd 2 lb Coffee, 1yd ribbond & a [Cap boader] as Extraodenary for waiting on her. I went to mr Densmores, was informd that mr Ezeliel Pages youngest Child Expird last night. at Ditoes. Birth [35]th. fee receivd. mr [sic].  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.