Martha Ballard's Diary, May 20 - 23, 1797

20 7
Clear foren. I tended my Cloath and did many other things. Sally Spun, Polly did the ironing and a little mending. mr Ballard returnd from Surveying. he went to the hook to be Shaved and lost his watch. Hoyet went and found it was found and paund at mr Randals. Hoiet Cutt Bushes in the hogg yard. at home. mr Ballard returnd from [Surveying]. 
21 A
Birth Capt Husseys 4th Son.
rainy morn. I was Calld to See the wife of Capt Saml Hussey, found her Deld of a fourth Son by the help of mrss Cocx. I tarried till about Sun rise when I was Conducted home by water. mr Ballard went and redeemd his watch for one Dollar. he and Hoiet & Polly went to meeting foren, Cyrus & Sally aflern. mr Ballard and I went to mr Dingleys to See mrss Haden who is not So well as Shee Could wish. Son Jona here while we were there. at Capt Husseys. Birth23d to which I have been Calld.  
22 2
rainy. I have been Spooling my warp and doing work about house. mr Ballard been to a meeting about the Bridg, he brot home 22 Skeins Cottne & 20 Dito of Tow yarn, which mrss Cowen took to Spin. at home.  
23 3
Clear. I was Calld to See mrss Felps who has both her Breasts Soar. I returnd after diner, find Dagt Lambt and Child here. mr Ballard & the Girls went to Exhibition at Hallowell. Old mr Badcock took Tea with us, Son Town allso; he Sleept here. the Girls went to mr Dingleys at Evn. mr Ballard gone to Dresden on a road with others. at mr Felpss. my famely to [Exhibition]. Son Town Sleeps here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.