Martha Ballard's Diary, October 4 - 8, 1797

4 4
very rainy, it held up a little towards night, and mrss Coutch was Conducted over the river by my Son & Hoit. afterwds we had a heavy wind from NE. I do not feel So well as Could be wisht. Hepsy and I finisht picking my wool. at home. mrss Coutch here.  
5 5
Clear and windy and Cool. I have been at home, feel more Comfortable. mr Ballard and Hoit workt at Son Jonas. a Gentleman by the name of Stone Sleeps here, he is from Townsend. at home.  
6 6
Birth Isaac Savages ye 3d, Dagt.
Clear morn. I was Calld at 3h m to See the wife of Isaac Savage ye 3d, Shee was in Labour, and was Deld at 4 of a Dagt, her Second Child. I returnd home at 6h 30m. mr Ballard & Hoit went to Jonas. Old Lady Coutch Came here and dind, then went on for home. at Isaac Savages. Birth 49th
7 7
Clear morn, rain aftern. mr Ballard went to Varsalboro. I have been at home. we made Some mins Pies. Thankfull Godfray Sleeps here, Shee Spoold & warpt her bed Tick. at home. it is 20 years this day Since I left Oxford.  
8 A
Clear foren, raind at night. my famely, Except Cyrus and I, attended worship at the hook. I Did not feel So well as to go, but made a Chees. we had String & Shell Beens for diner. Hepsy informd me that Naby Andrews is very Sick at Shuball Hinkleys. Hannah Savage here for advice respecting her Brothers infant. Shee Says it pases blody Stools.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.