Martha Ballard's Diary, December 8 - 14, 1798

8 7
Clear and Cold. I Came from mr Dingleys, helpt do my hous work. hear mrss Dingly remains more Comfortable. at home. Dingleys.  
9 G
Clear and very Cold. Sons Pollard & Lambard with their wives and Childn, Rhoda and Son Ephm here, Old mr Pollard allso. I went to See mrs Dingley at Evn, find her better. her parents & sister mc Causland there. old mr Mc Causland was buried this Day, he deseast on fryday. at mr Dingleys. Funeral of Old mr Mc Causland.  
10 2
Clear. mr Waid helpt us git wood. I have been at home. at home.  
11 3
Cloudy and very Cold. mr Ballard and Cyrus went to hear a Coart Marshal. I have been at home, made 33 Dozn of Candlis. Noah Watson Sleeps here. at home.  
12 4
Cloudy and Cold. Watson went from here. mr Ballard & Cyrus to hear Coart marshal. I have been at home, did my house work & knitt. Sally Spun Some. at home.  
13 5
Cloudy and Cold, Snowd at night. mr Ballard went to See the Sick at mr Livermores & finds them better; at mr Dingleys, they are all better but Hannah who is very unwell. I have done my house work, Cut my Sewett and washt the kitchen floor. Sally washt and went to her Fathers, Cyrus Conducted her in a Sleigh. at home.  
14 6
X. Birth Anty Braketts 3d Son. XX.
Clear. I did my house work. Chopt meet for Pies &C. Sally Spun and pikt wool. I was Calld at 7h 30m to go and See the wife of Antony Brakett, Shee was Deld at 9h 30m of a Son. I tarried all night. at mr Anty Braketts. Birth 33d. receivd 8/4 as a reward.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.