Martha Ballard's Diary, May 4 - 10, 1798

4 6
Clear Except a Shower. I have been very unwell this day, but had my work to do. mrss White of Hallowell here aftern. at home, mrss White here.  
5 7
Clear part of the day. men here on business with mr Ballard. I have got thro my work with great inebility. we had thunder and rain aftern. Watson Sowd beets and Parsnips. I Sent Dagt Lambart 9 Ducks Eggs. at home, very unwell.  
6 G
rainy. mr Ballard went to meeting, the ordinance of ye Super administred. I have been very unwell indead. Cyrus Came up from Pittstn, he informs mrss Mc Causland is better. at home, So unwell that I did not Sett up but little.  
7 2
Clear. mr Ballard and Cyrus went to Town meeting. mr James was Chosen to represent the Town of Augusta in ye Genl Coart this year. I have been Some more Comfortable ys day, have done part of my washing. mrss Densmore & Livermore Calld in to See me. Watson to work at Son Jon as. Cyrus Sleeps here. Henry mc Causland wounded his hand. at home. feel my Self a little better. mrss Densmore & Livermore here.  
8 3
Cloudy and a Sprinkling of rain. Cyrus went to pittstn. mr Ballard to winthrop to See if Hepsy Brown wd Come to work for me again. I have been trying to finish my washing. mrss Dingley Came in, made me a prest of a pice of roas Veal. I Ead Some of it and feel refreshed. at home. mrss Dingly here.  
9 4
Clear. I have been at home. mr Ballard & Watson went to meeting, it is a Continentall Fast. at home.  
10 5
Clear. mr Ballard & Son Pollard went to take their Sheep out of pound at Hallowell. Old mr Lambard Calld to See me, his famely are well. Watsons Brother dind here. Polly Livermore Came in and helpt me. Polly Barbarick Came to work here. at home. Son Town Dind here. mrs Dingley Calld [here].  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.