Martha Ballard's Diary, September 22 - 27, 1798

22 7
Clear. I have been at home, Sorted my Apples and Cleand my Chambers. Cyrus went to his Brothers. Watson went to his Fathers. at home.  
23 G
Clear. the Girls and Cyrus went to meeting. I tarried at home, had the rooms all to Sweap and a Diner to Cook. Son and Dagt Pollard & Rhoda and Sist Williams, Son & Dagt Lambd, Ephm & Allin dind with me. at home. Sister Williams Sleeps here. Dagt Pollo Says her Sist Town is very Sick.  
24 2
Cloudy. Son Ephm and Pevis Hamlin & Sister Wilms took Breakfast with me. Sister went to pittstn by water with them, Cyrus went by land to mr Moors to tend mill. I have Cleand my Seller and Pickt Beens of the vines. Jane Did the washing, Eunice Spun. Watson returnd at Evng. James Moore here, informs me his youngest Child is Dead. at home. Sister Willms went to pitstn, Cyrus allso.  
25 3
A Severe Storm of rain & wind. I have been at home. at home.  
26 4
Clear. I have been at home, Did house work. Son Jona, mrs Cypher & Welch Dind here. Jane went home with them. at home.  
27 5
Clear. I workt about house and in my Gardin foren. Son Jon a Came here at 1h pm. we Sett out for Son Towns, we had a fall from the Shais by the hors Stumbling. we arivd there at 7h Evng, my Dagt very Sick. at Son Towns, find my Dagt very ill. mrss Smyli watcht.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.