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The May 12 entry is mentioned in a list Laurel Ulrich compiled of all Medicinal Ingredients Mentioned in Martha Ballard's Diary
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A Cold day. I have been at home. Hoiet Cleard the door yard of Chips. I swept it after my famely were in Bed. Polly washt, Sally Spun Tow, I Did house work. at home.
10 4


Clear, A heavy frost, but we planted Beets, Parsnips & Oinions. I removd my Gardin roots. we washt 7 lb Cottne, Boild 40 Skeins Lining yarn. I feel fatagud. Son Jona here for Seeds. at home.
11 5


Clear and warm. I planted winter Squash & Beens and houghd about my Current Bushes and put my Cloath in Lee. I remoovd the wood, which was Cutt, into the door yard in the Evng. it is now 11h Evn, my famely have been in bed 2 hours. Jabish Cowens wife, her Dagt Polly & Sarah Cowen here, they took to Spin 2 lb Cottne and 7 lb Tow. at home. Jabish Cowins wife here.
12 6


Clear and warm. I removd parsley and Burnit roots and planted 30 hills of Cucumbers and made a visit to mrss Joy aftern. mrss Dingley there. I went to See Sary Neall about weaving for me, Shee Came here at Evn and brot home 16 Skeins Lining yn and took 5 lb flax to Spin. at mr Joys & Dingleys.
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Clear. I have been planting beens and Mellons. I paid Sarah Lasson /6 which was all that I owd her for what Shee has Done for me. I allso paid Polly Butterfield 17s:6d which was all that I owd her for work to this Day. Hoiet went to mr Blaks for 1/2 galn W.E. Son Ephm Came here with mrss Capins hors to Pasture, he Sleeps here. at home.
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