Martha Ballard's Diary, December 25 - 31, 1794

25 5
Clear & remarkable pleast for Christmas. I went to Son Pollards, little Jona Ballard is unwell, the rest of their famelies are well. Dolly & Sally have washt, Scourd my puter & washt the Kitchen. I am informd that the wife of Richard Foster is very Sick of a feavour. at Son Pollards. Jona Ballard is unwell. I began a mittn for Cyrus.  
26 6
Cloudy & Some rain. Ephm went to See how Jon a Balld Did, finds him more unwell. I have been at home. at home.  
27 7
Clear [&] very pleast foren, Cloudy aflirn, raind at Evn. mr Ballard returnd from Surveying Govr Williamsons Land in Fairfield. Dolly Spent aftern at mr Livermores. Polly Came home. at home. mr Ballard returnd.  
28 E
Clear & very pleast. Dolly went to Son Pollards, Sally to her Dads. Juda Houston was here, Presented Mrss Learneds Compliments and her wish to See me. I have been at home all Day. at home.  
29 2
Clear & Some Cooler, the ice makes in the river. mr Ballard is gone to Survey Land in Sidney. I have been at home, Sally returnd. at home. mr Ballard gone to Survey.  
30 3
Clear fore n, Cloudy aftern. I went to See Danl Livirmore, he is very ill with the mumps. at mr Livermores to See his Son Daniel.  
31 4
Cloudy. I have been at home, finisht Cyruss mitts. at home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.