Martha Ballard's Diary, April 19 - 27, 1798

19 5
Clear but Cold. mr Ballard giting wood. Cyrus went to pittstn to tend mill for mr Moore. Jacky is gone to School. I find my Self very lonesome. Phillip Bullin been here ys aftern. at home.  
20 6
Clear. I have been at home, mr Ballard to his Sons, Jack to School. I washt the N. Bedroom and west room. at home.  
21 7
Cloudy and Some rain. I have been at home. mr Ballard went to ye hook to Lecture. 7 years Since we removd here.  
22 G
Cloudy. mr Ballard Sett out to meeting at Augusta, was informd that mr Stone was unwell and Could not Perform. he then went to Hallowell meeting. Son & Dagt Lambard, their Childn and Son Ephm here. Jack has been not So well as Could be wisht ys day. at home. hear our Revd Pastor is unwell.  
23 2
X. Birth James Kennys Dagt. XX.
Cloudy and Some rain. I have been very unwell but being Calld by mr James Kenny at 4h pm, I went to See his wife. Shee was Safe Deld at 5h 30m of her Second Dagt & 4th Child. I left her and inft very Comfortable and arivd at home at 10h 30m Evn. at mr James Kenneys. Birth 11th.receivd 6/ for my Service.  
24 3
Clear. Son Town Sleeps here. I have been very unwell but was Calld at Evn to go to See the wife of Thos Kenny. I wrode to Esqr Smiths and went by water from there, found mrs Kenny very unwell and her women with her. at Thos Kenneys.  
25 4
Clear. I was with my Patient but Shee is more Comfortable. the women went home Except her Sist Blanchard. at Ditoes.  
26 5
Cloudy and Some rain. I tarried with my Patient this Day. Shee washt and Bakt. at Ditoes.  
27 6
Clear. I returnd home at 10h morn, find my hous alone and Every thing in arms, did not find time to Set down till 2 pm. mr Shubal Hinkleys wife here to See me. Elisha Noles here, paid me in Cloath for assisting his wife. at Ditoes this morn. mrs Hinkley here afternoon.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.