Martha Ballard's Diary, March 13 - 17, 1792

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Snowd part of ye Day. mr Burtun came for Hannah to keep house for him while he & his wife went to Winthrop on a visit. Jona Carried his wife & Son home. I have been at home. do not feel so well as usual. mr Ballard & Ephm made a pen for our Sheep. Dollys Lambs Expird. Capt Porter here. at home. Hannah at Burtuns. Sally went home.  
14 4
Clear. I have been very unwell. mr Ballard & Ephm workt about ye barn. old mr Ingerham here. Jon a Came home & Dind then went up to town. I was So unwell I Could not Sett up ye aftern. at home all day. at home.  
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Clear & Pleast. mr Ballard went to the meddow. Hannah returnd at 12 Oclock. mr Hamlin, Burtin, Pollard, Pattridg, Esq Hales Lady, 2 mrs Bisbes, Rockwood & Sally Hamlin with her, the Ladies Dind & Drank Coffee here. mr Haywood, Pollard & Pattridg waited on them and my Dagts at Evng to mr Pollards. I have been at home, was very unwell in ye foren, more Comfortable aftern. mrs Haill & Polly Bisbe returnd & Slept here. at home. my Dagts went to mr Hamlins. receivd Letters from Doct Barton & Bror Collins of Feby 12.  
16 6
Snowd & raind. mr Haywood & m Pollard Came & Conducted mrs Haill & mrs Bisbe up to Town. mr Densmore & Waid and their wives Calld here on their way to ye hook. mr Ballard, Ephm & David Densmr been to ye meddow, returnd with out giting any hay except a hand Sleigd load, which ye boy halld. I have been at home, am not well yet. mr Black Came & acompanied my Dagts to his house. Jona Came home at Evng informs me his Son was Burnt on one of his feet this day. at home. had Company. my Dagts gone to mr Blacks. they Spent ye Evng at mr Thomass. 
17 7
Clear & pleast. I have been at home. mr Ballard & Ephm got a load of wood. Dolly went to mr Densmores ys morn and returnd at Evn. we saw Esqr Coney wride over ye river about Sun Sett. at home. Esqr Coney returnd frm Boston.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.