Martha Ballard's Diary, October 17 - 25, 1793

17 5
X. Birth [Alphs] XX Lyons Dagt XX.
Clear. mrs Moore is unwell but Consented yt I Should go to See mrs Lyon who was in labour & was Safe Deld at 8h Evn of a Dagt & I returnd to mr Moores, find her more unwell. mrs Tylor & Welman were Calld. at Moores & Lyons. Birth 42nt. receivd 6/.  
18 6
X. Birth James Moores Dagt. X.
Clear. mrs Moore was Deld of a Dagt at 6h 30m. I left her and infant Comfortable at noon & returnd home, find my famely well; was much fatagud. at moores. Birth 43d. receivd 6/9.  
19 7
Cloudy & raind at night. I have been at home. Cyrus went to mr Wessons, Bot me 1 qut W E Rhum. at home.  
20 F
Snowd & raind ys foren, Clear aftern. mr Lee Preacht at the Hook but my famely Did not attend. mr Parker was here aftern, Exprest his Desire that I Should make his Lady a visit Soon. I have read 2 of Doct Prices Discourses ys Day. at home. mr Parker here. Snowd ys morn.  
21 2
Clear. I have been picking wool. John Jones Calld here. Dolly gone to mr Wessons. my sons are Planking the Seller where it fell in yesterday. at home. J. Jones here. I have made a Cheese.  
22 3
rainy. Thunder at Evn. I have been picquing wool. my Sons finisht Planking ye Seller. at home.  
23 4
Cloudy part of the Day. I have been at home. Sally washt. I have piqut wool & Cottne, had 2 lb of Butter of mrs Pollard. at home.  
24 5
Clear & pleast. I finisht picking my wool & Scoured all the woolin yarn I have got Spun. mr Ballard returnd from Surveying for magr Goodin. Hannah Coks Drank Tea here. at home. mr Ballard returnd. Hanh Coks here.  
25 6
Clear. I have been at home. mr Ballard went to mr Browns, bot Some Tallow. Ephm made a pen & put up 3 [Turkeys]. at home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.