Martha Ballard's Diary, May 17 - 23, 1796

17 3
Clear. Dagt Lambart Came to See me. I Planted Beens foren and removd the turf from the Gardin before the door. we have Cucumbers up. at home. Dagt Lambart here.  
18 4
Cloudy all Day, raind Some by Day. Cyrus went to Pitts tn. I have workt in my Gardin, planted Beens &C. Son Jona was here, informs me that mr Peirce is very low. raind much in the night. at home. Cyrus went to Pittstn to tend mill.  
19 5
Clear morn, rainy aftern. mrss Dingly Came to See me. I workt Some in my Gardin foren. we had a fine mes of greens from our Cabbage Stumps this Day. at home. mrs Dingly here.  
20 6
rainy and Some haill. I made 29 lb Candles. Nabby Spun Some Tow. at home, made Candles.  
21 7
Clear part of the Day, Showers of rain & haill. I planted Cucumbers and workt in my gardin. went to See mrs Dingly, Shee is not So well as Shee Could wish. I Calld at mr Livermores, all well there. I took my Candles of the Stiks and put them in to the Box, have it full and 1 DoZn more. at mr Dinglys and mr Livermores.  
22 B
Clear. I attended meeting, was at Son Pollards at intermition, all well there. my Self, Cyrus, mr Pollard, his wife and Childn and Patly Easty, mrs Moore and Thankfull Godfray took Supper lhere at Son Lambarts. mr Patrage & wife Came there. at Meeting and at Son Pollards & Lambarts. Dagt Pollard was at meeting, mrs Wesson allso.  
23 2
Clear Part of ye Day. Nabby washt. I workt in my gardin, Planted [   ] musk & watermellon, Squash and Beens. a very high wind, raind at night. Sally Cocks Came here, tarries all night. Capt Littlefield here. at home. Sally Cocks Sleeps here this night. Jery Heartfrd was hurt by a board which the wind blew of a [house].  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.