Martha Ballard's Diary, October 16 - 20, 1794

16 5
Clear. I have wrote ys morn to my Bror Elijah Moore of Douglas. Silva Moore took Breakfast here & Sett out home. mr Ballard been to Esqr Conys & mr Burtuns. mr Green of Sandy river Sleeps here. Jona Nichols here, receivd Letters to Carry to Oxford for me. James Sturges Came here yesterday. at home. I wrote to Bror Elijah Moore.  
17 6
Clear. I have Brewd & went to See mr Parkers youngest Child who is unwell, afflicted with Worms. mr Ballard & Perham went to Esqr Coneys to make a return of their Survey. at mr Parkers. mr Ballard & Perhambeen to Esqr Coneys & returnd a plan.  
18 7
Clear & Pleasant. I went to mr Sheppards, bot 8 yds Baise which Cost 17/3, four yds black ribbin 1/4. I was at mrs Coutches, M & D Sewalls, Capt Fillebrowns, Lathrops & mr Robbinss. mr Perham Came here & Sleeps. at the hook. receivd 7/ of mrs Felps. Henrey mc Causland murderd mrs Warrin.  
19 E
Clear Some part of ye Day. I have been at home. mr Ballard & Cyrus been to meeting of ye fort, mr Perham to ye hook. Dolly not So well as to go to meeting. Sally went to her Dads yesterday and returnd ys Evng. we are informd that Henrey mc Causland Cutt mrs Warrins throat yesterday. at home. we were informd of ye murder of mrs Warrin.  
20 2
Cloudy. mr Perham left here homeward bound. Pally Easty here Spooling a web for Jonas wife. I went to See mr Parkers Child, I think it is Some better. Selva & EbnZ moore here this Day. mr Ballard been up to the fort. Snowd at Evn, a heavy rain with high wind ys [night]. at mr Parkers. mr Perham went from here. Patty Easty here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.