Martha Ballard's Diary, November 26 - December 2, 1798

26 2
Clear and Pleast. I have been at home. we had a Swine Butchered, wd 202. at home.  
27 3
Clear and Pleasant. I was Calld at 10h Evn to See the wife of mr Philip Norcross who was in Labour. mrss Randal & Hankerson there. at mr Phillip Norcross.  
28 4
Birth Phillip Norcrosses Dagt.
Cloudy, raind at Evng. mrss NorCros was Safe Deld at 2h morn of her Sixth Daughter & 8th Child. I left mother and infant Cleverly and returnd home at 10 forn. Sally and I have been Bakeing Pies. at Ditoes. Birth 31st.  
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Cloudy morn, Cleard of foren. we all attended worship Except Sally. Shee went to her Fathers. this observd as a day of Thanksgiving in this Commonwealth. Son Lambd with his wife & Childn, Cyrus and Ephm & Saml Trask here. mr Moses Patridg & Ruth Rockwood were published. at Meeting. part of my Childn here. Moses Patridg Publisht. Janee Welch was married.  
30 6
Cloudy. mr Ballard Conducted Dagt Lambard and her Childn home. Phillip Bullin Dind here. Sally returnd from her Dads. I have been at home, Did my housework and knit on my Stockin. at home. Dagt Lambd & Childn went home. Bullinhere.  
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Cloudy. I have been helping do my house work. we made our Sausages. mr Ballard went to mr Pittss, had his hors Shod. he went to Hallowell allso.   
2 G
Cloudy morn, Snowd before night. mr Ballard only of my famely at meeting. mr Dingley Calld me to See his wife who has a very Soar throat. we bathd and put on Mullin. Cyrus Came home to [Towns]. at mr Dingleys.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.