Martha Ballard's Diary, April 14 - 20, 1796

14 5
Clear morn. I rose Early, have had a fine nights wrest. A young man by ye name of Ebenz Coal Came to work here the 12th inst. at home. receivd a Letter from Bror Collins of march 27, '96.  
15 6
Cloudy. I have been at home. Cyrus went to Son Pollards and Lambarts. Ephm was here. at home.  
16 7
Cloudy the most of the Day. Cyrus went to Son Jonas, his wife is more Comfortable. mr Ballard has been to Doct Coneys. I went to See mrs Dingley, Shee is well. Phillip Bullin left here this morning after Breakfast. at mr Dingleys.  
17 B
Clear and very warm. mr Ballard and Cyrus went to meeting at ye fort, Nabby & Ebenzr to ye hook. I tarried at home, our hors is Lame and I was not able to walk. my Sons Pollard and Lambart and their wives, Pally Easty and Son Ephm here after meeting. Dolly walkt here & home. at home. my Childn here to See me after Meeting.  
18 2
Clear & very pleast. mr Ballard went to mr Bullins to Survey. Ziba Halls wife and Nancy Fletcher Dind here. I have been at home. at home. mrs Hall Dind here.  
19 3
Clear and very warm. mr Ballard went to Survey for mr Wesson, and to a meeting about the Bridg over kenebeck river. mrs Livermore and mrs Heartford here. I have been at home. mr Prim took Breakfast and Dind here. at home. mrs Livermore & Heartford here.  
20 4
Clear and warm. Ebenz went to mr James Pages and Drove a Cow and Calf here which mr Ballard has bot of Said Page. mr Ballard is gone to run a line on ye East Side ye river a mile back. I have been at home. Old mrs Kenny was here. at home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.