Martha Ballard's Diary, March 14 - 19, 1798

14 4
Cloudy, windy. mr Ballard went to Son Jon as and mr Baleys and Hon Danl Conys. my little Le faett is no better. I have been piecing a Bed Cover & knitt some. at home.  
15 5
raind. I have been Sewing & kniting. mr Ballard been to mr Balys to Seek for hay. Jonas Son is no better. mr Soal Sent me 9/. at home.  
16 6
Clear and pleasant. mr Ballard Surveying & makeing a plan for mr Vauhn. I have been Doubling thread and piecing raggs. Hepsy went to mr Hinkleys to twist some thread. Shee went to mrs Gitchels and receivd 6/ of her in part for my assisting her in Child Birth. at home.  
17 7
Clear and pleast. I have been at home, boxt my great wheal with Leather and Spun 14 knots of worsted. at home. Spun worsted.  
18 1
Clear and a Cool air. we all went to meeting at the fort. I went to Son Jonas at noon, find his Son very poorly. Hepsy went to ye hook at Evng. Son Jona Came here, I went home with him and took Care of his Sick Child. he was very much Distrest Some hours after I was there. got Some Sleep ye latter part of the night. at Meeting & at Son Jonas.  
19 2
Clear. I Came from my Sons. Doct Cony was there to See the Child, who is not any better. I Calld at mrs Titcombs and at Son Pollards, little Sally is unwell, her mouth is Soar and her throat is Sweld some. Dagt Lambart and Childn Came home with me. my son Came for them at Evn. Cyrus at his Brothers. at Son Jonas and at my Dagts. Genl Sewall Calld to See me this Evn. Dagt & Son Lambart & Childn here. Snowd at Evng.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.