Martha Ballard's Diary, June 20 - 23, 1792

20 4
Clear Except a Sprinkling of rain. I went from mr Whites to See mrs LaShance who is Sick, from there to See mrs Daws; find her Cleverly. I Calld at mrs Sherburns, Selvesters, Greelys, Capt Fillibrowns and the mr Norcrosses. arivd at home before night. mr Ballard went up to town. Ephm workt at mr Kenadas. mr Whites Child Seems to be more Comfortable. at mr Whites & other Neighbours. I receivd 6/ of Saml Cumings Junr for allending his wife.  
21 5
Clear, a Coolish air. I have been at home, workt in my Gardin Some. mr Silas Barns here. mr Ballard went to his meddow. Ephm went to Pittstn to See Capt Grants vessel Lancht but was Disapointed, it being Launcht yester day. Jona here, informd me mrs Jones is very unwell ocationed by her Husbands ill usuage, & keeping her in the Seller Bare foot. O the wretch, he Deserves Severe puneshment. at home. I was informd yt P Jones had abusd his wife.  
22 6
Clear & warm. I workt in my Gardin forenn. mr Livermore & wife and Polly here, Dolly & Sally Densmr allso. we were informd at Sun Sett that Billy Foster fell out off a Canoe & is Drowned. we Bot 17lb Veal of mrs Coutch @ /3 pr lb. I paid the Cash. at home. mrs Livermr here. Billy Foster Drowned 6h pm.  
23 7
Clear. I have workt in my Gardin. my Dagts went to Winthrop. Billy Foster interd at 4h pm. mr Ballard finisht weading his Corn. at home. Funeral Wm Foster. 

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.