Martha Ballard's Diary, January 31 - February 6, 1796

31 D
Clear and very Cold indead. mr Ballard and Cyrus went to meeting at ye fort, Nabby to the hook. (I felt unable to go). Shee went home with mr Andrews. mr Town Came and Conducted mr Ballard and I to mr Dingleys where we Spent ye Evng. they he and wife Came home with us and Sleep here. I am informd that Dagt Lambert is more Comfortable than Shee was yesterday. at mr Dingleys, Son and Dagt Town there allso. I paid Nabby 3/.  
1 2
Clear and very Cold yet. Son and Dagt Town Sett out for home after Breakfast, at 9h morn. mr Waid helping mr Ballard git wood. I have been at home. at home. Son and Dagt Town went home.  
2 3
Cloudy and more moderate. I have been at home, Done my house work. Phillip Bullin Came here again. at home.  
3 4
Cloudy, Snowd Some. I have Bakt. Jessy Bullin Came here and Carrid Sally Cockss Chest away. Cyrus went to mill. Calld to See his Sist Lambart, finds her Some better. Ephm here ys morn, took Breakfast and took his Books to go to School. at home.  
4 5
Clear. I was at home till Sun Sett, was then Calld to go and See mrs Dickman. Doct Williams there. I Sett up all night, mrs mc Master & mr Waid allso. the Patient is very Sick indeed. at mr Dickmans, his wife Sick.  
5 6
Clear and Cold. I tarried with miss Dickman till near night, left her very much as I found her. I was very much fatagud and unwell at night. at Ditoes.  
6 7
Snowd. Cyrus went and Conducted Nabby Jewel here from mr Andruss. I have been very unwell, but finisht makeing a Flanil Shift for my Self. mr Ballard had a turn of Collick. Cyrus been to the hook & fort aftern. at home unwell. mrss Dickman Expired at 7h Evn.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.