Martha Ballard's Diary, September 7 - 13, 1793

7 7
Clear. I have been at home fixing for mr Ballards Departure to Lay out 4 Townships for this Common wealth. at home. Dagt Bald here.  
8 F
Clear & a Cool air. mr Ballard, Cyrus, & Ephm & I attended Divine Service. the revd mr Turners Discourse was Concerning the Great Day of Judgment. I went to See mrs Dummer, find her weak but tollerable Comfortable, her Babe is a fine Child. Son Jona, Pollard, his wife & mrs Pitts here after meeting. my Childn all went home. mr Savage here, informs that a boy who Servd at mr Sheppards was Drowned at, or near, his wharf ys afternoon. I was Calld to See mrs Lashnees at 11h Evng. at meeting & at mr Dumers. my Childn here. Jonas wife went home. An indian Boy was Drowned.  
9 2
X. John Lashnees Son. XX.
Clear till near night when it raind. mrs Lashnees was Safe Deld at 5h morn of a fine Son which wd 11_ lb. I tarried with her till 6h pm, left her Cleverly as Could be Expected. I receivd [7/4d] for my Service. Calld to See mrs Dummer, find her Cleverly. mr Ballard Sett out on his Tour of Surveying. Ephm went with him to take the hors home. at mr Lashnees. Birth 38th. mr Balld left home to Survey 4 Townships.  
10 3
rainy. I have been at home. Dolly is makeing a Leut string goune for mrs Gage. Ephm is not returnd. at home. Dolly began to Spin a Warp.  
11 4
A very rainy aftern. Ephm returnd about 1h pm, Son Towns famely well. Dolly went to work at mr Blaks. I have been at home, Sally Spining. Son Cyrus is 37 years Old this Day. at home. Cyruss Birth Day 37 years.  
12 5
rain. I have been at home. Dolly returnd from mr Blaks. at home.  
13 6
Cloudy. mrs Gage & Son Dind here. I went to Deacn Conys, his Dagts, Sewalls & Church there. mrs Cumings gave me a [Cup] of her [Marny]. at Deacn Conys, his Childn there.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.