Martha Ballard's Diary, April 10 - 18, 1798

10 3
Clear. I have been at home. the ice Broke away at our Shoar this Evng and up at the fort. at home.  
11 4
Cloudy. mrss Densmore here to warp a web. mrss Dingley and Nancy here. the river Opend more but Slopt below our Shore. mr Ballard returnd from winthroy, informs that the Bridg over Bomans brook is moved. at home. mrss Densmr & Dingley here.  
12 5
rainy. the ice was Stopt below us and the Entervail Covered all over with water, our Shore fence Carrid away. I have been at home. mr Ballard went up to See the Bridges, that over Kenebeck Some Damaged, that over the brook impasable. at home.  
13 6
Clear. the ice runs and ye freshet high. mr Ballard been mending the pasture fence and put the Cattle and Sheep in. I have been at home. at home.  
14 7
Clear part of the day. mr Ballard been to Son Jonas. I have been at home. at home.  
15 G
Clear part of the day, misty by turns. mr Ballard and Cyrus attended worship at Augusta, Hepsy at Hallowell. I have been at home. Dagt Lambard wrode here after meeting. at home. Dagt Lambard here.  
16 2
Clear part of the day. I helpt Hepsy wash and knit some. Allin Lambard with me while his dad went to ptstn. mr Ballard workt at Son Jonas, Jack Came home with him. at home.  
17 3
Cloudy and Clear by turns. I have been at home, finisht kniting Cyrus a pair of hoes and began a pair for mr Ballard. he has been to Son Jonas. Hannah Mags here, Shee informd me that a man of Colour was Drowned at Hallowell yesterday. at home.  
18 4
Clear. Mr Ballard and Cyrus to Town meeting. mr Brown Came for his Dagt Hepsy and Shee Set out with him at 1h pm. mrss Brown is very Sick, her life not Expected. Jack Ballard here, he helpt me Some, [  ] I did the hous work. at home. Hepsy went home to See her Sick mother.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.