Martha Ballard's Diary, August 21 - 26, 1797

21 2
Cloudy morn, Some heavy Shours with thunder. mr Ballard been to the hook on business. Son Jona Dind here. Nathan Bridg Calld, in the Shour. I have been at home. at [home].  
22 3
a very rainy Day. I spoold 40 Skeins of wolen warp. mr Ballard went up to Town. Derias Ballard Dind, Supt and Sleeps here. at home.  
23 4
Cloudy. I went to help Dagt Lambart quillt, She had all most got her bed quillt out. I helpt finish it. Shee and I went to Son Pollards and Spint the aftern. Rhoda and Hannah were both unwell. Son Pollard been unwell but is got better. Thankfull warpt a woolin web and put it in the loom and wove 1 yd. Carded & Spun 1 Skein wool this day & Evng. at my Sons Lambart & Pollard.  
24 5
X. Birth Saml Joys Dagt XX and 3d Child.
Cloudy foren, Clear aftern. mr Ballard Surveying for mr Cragg. Cyrus been to Pittstn. I have been winding quills I wound 19 Skeins. Thankful wove 8yds. Helpsy washt & Scoured my Puter. Hoyit Cutt Bushes. I was Calld at 9h Evn to See mrss Joy who was in Labour. Shee was Deld at 10 of a Dagt, her 3d Child. I left her Cleverly and returnd home at 1h 30m morn. at mr Saml Joys. Birth 41st. receivd 9/ as a reward.  
25 6
Clear and pleast. I have Spoold 35 Double Skeins Lining yarn for Thankfull and quilld 8 Single Skeins woolin for my Self. at home.  
26 7
Clear foren, Cloudy aftn. I quilld 2 Skeins, went to See mrss Joy, find her very Comfortable. mr Ballard Carrid a web to mrs Finny to weav 15 fifteen knot Skeins warp. at mr Joys.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.