Martha Ballard's Diary, October 4 - 10, 1793

4 6
a little rain this morn. Dagt Town is Cleverly. I tarried there this Day. the two mrs Fullers at Son Towns. mrs [Cragen] & Strattne there. Harnon Barton unwell at night. at Son Towns.  
5 7
Clear. I left Son Towns, famely as well as Could be Expected, & returnd home & went to Doct Colmans. Bot 1/2 lb Spermaseta @ 2/, 1 oz Dragns Blood 1/6, 2 oz of manna 2/, 1 nutmegg 1/. paid 6/ in Cash. at Dittoes & at the hook to Doct Colmans.  
6 F
Clear. my Son Jona was here, his famely are Exercisd with this Epi caldemical Cold. Sally Cox went to her Dads, Dolly to mr Densmores. mr Ballard to S. J. Fosters. mr Waid here. I have been at home. at home. Sally gone to her Dadys
7 2
Clear. mr Ballard went to Survey for Colo North. I have been at home. mr Gow & Lady here al Evn. Dolly has been very unwell. at home.  
8 3
Clear. Magr Goodin Dind here. I was Calld to See mrs Daw, her Husband returnd from Boston. at mr Daws.  
9 4
Clear & warm. mr Ballard Sett out for Canaan to Do Business for magr Goodin. I Came home from mr Daws. Dolly & Sally went to quillt for mr Baxter. at Ditoes. the girls went to mr Baxters.  
10 5
Clear. Sally Came home, washt the west room. I was Calld to See mrs Benjamin, Shee has a pain in her Stomach. I walkt there & home, feel much fatagud. Dolly is at Son Pollards, he Came home [yesterday]. at Bizer Benjamins.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.