Martha Ballard's Diary, April 21 - 25, 1796

21 5
Clear. mr Ballard been Surveying. Son Lambart Butcherd a Swine for us. the mrs Pages and mrs Cumings Calld here. at home.  
22 6
Clear. mr Ballard mended a plough. I have been at home, planted Seven hills Cucumbers and Sett Current Sprouts. had a pain in my head at Evng. Ebenzr makeing Beds in Gardin. Nabby went to See mary Densmore, finds her very unwell and to mr Dingleys, his wife is unwell. at home. made Sausages.  
23 7
Clear. I have been not So well as I Could wish. mr Ballard Surveying for Esqr Haywood. Cyrus gone to Winthrop. Ebenz Sett fire to the brush in the gully, it run to the fence and burnt Some lengths. I went to See Mary Densmore, find her more Comfortable than Shee was yesterday. at mr Densmores. Cyrus brot our Cloath from winthp, 14 yds the Dresing. Cost 1 Dolr 96 Cents.  
24 B
Clear and pleasan t alltho we had great frost this morn. mr Ballard Clear. mr Ballard, Cyrus and Ebenz went to Meeting to the fort, mr Prim also. Nabby to the hook. Phillip Bullin Came here at noon, went to the fort aftern, returnd and Supt, mr Capin here allso. I have attended meeting aftern. our hors fell Down As we were returning, threw me in to a Doleful gully. mr Ballard Cleard himSelf of the hors and we were not much hurt. mr Allin here at Evng which he Spent with Nabby. at meeting. mr Capin & Phillip Bullin and mr Allin here after meeting.  
25 2
Clear, a frost this morn. mr Ballard went to Varsalboro to Survey. I have been at home. Capt Abm Pages wife here for Gardin Seeds. Shee brot me Some flower. Cyrus finisht Dresing our flax. we had 62 lb in ye whole. mr Prim paid me 6/4_ in Cash and we had a Chees of mr Burtun, wt 10, for his Board [one] weak. at home. Capt Abm Pages wife here. Mr Ballard went to Varsalboro.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.