Martha Ballard's Diary, September 8 - 13, 1794

8 2
Clear & pleast. I have been at home, helpt Do the house work. Sally workt for her Self, Shee is Some better than Shee was yesterdy. Ephm workt for my Son Jona. at home. made 2 [doz] Candles, part mr Pittss
9 3
Clear. I have Scolt my pickles. Ephm workt for Jon a, Dolly went to mr Burtuns. I have had 2 Galns Vinegar of him. at home.  
10 4
Clear. mrs Black here, had a Small Tumbler full of my aloetic Tincture, paid me /9; Shee had 1 oz Safron allso. Cyrus is Gone to pittstn, Ephm to work for mr Pitts. Son & Dagt Pollard, Dagt Ballard, mrs Pierce & Barton took Tea with me. Cyrus went to See them home. at home. my Childn & friends here.  
11 5
Clear. I have been Cleaning my Mustard, Galhering herbs and other matters. Dolly wint to mr Pittss, Sally to Colo Norths, Cyrus to mr Burtuns for Vinagar; got 1 Galn. he is 38 ys old ys Day. at home. Cyrus is 38 years old ys Day.  
12 6
Clear & very warm. I have been Doing house work & gathering herbs & Seeds. Cyrus Carrid Some radish Pods & beens to pickle to mrs Burtun, & brot 1 gallon of Vinegar. Son Town Sleeps here. at home. Son Town Sleeps here.  
13 7
X. Birth Benn Fitches Son. XX.
A foggy morn, Clear & warm afterwds. I was Calld to See Benn Fitches wife at 1h morn. Shee was Deld of a Son (her first Born) at 5h m. I left her Cleverly, her Babe allso, & arivd at home at 10. receivd 6/ as a reward. Dolly is gone to Son Pollards. Sally finisht Bleaching yn, Cyrus went to Capt F Browns, bot 1 quart W E Rhum, paid Cash; had 2 lb Shugar, Dito of Butter & 1 lb Coffee which was not paid for. at Benn Fitche. Birth 35th. at home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.