Martha Ballard's Diary, June 1 - 8, 1799

1 7
rainy. I have been at home, was informd that the wife of mr James Lethgow Departed this life yesterday, her remains to be interd tomorrow. [ at home       Death     ].  
2 1
rainy. Cyrus Came up and he and his Father attended worship. I did not. mrss Lithgow interd ys Day. at home.  
3 2
Clear. mr Ballard up to his farm. [     ] here to help me part of the Day, Allin with him. we Planted Beens, Corn and I dug a piece of Ground and Planted 20 Squash Seeds which mrss Dingley gave me. Son Town Sleeps here, he waited on mrs Eunice Slackpole to mr Dingleys. at home. Son Town here, his famely well.  
4 3
Clear. mr Ballard Setts out to go to Jonas after Breakfast, mr Town allso to go there and to Son Pollards. I Did my house work and Bakt Some wheat Bread. mrss Livermore made me a prest of Some Butter. mrss Dingly and her Children and Eunice Stackpool made me a visit aftern. Sally and Oliv here after her Cloaths. at home, had Compy
5 4
Clear and Cool. mr Town Came here, took Breakfast. he left Son Pollards famely well, he Sett out for home at 9h, went from mr Dinglys (accompanied mrs Eunice) at 9h 45m. mrss Dingley left Nancy & Hannah with me and went to ye hook. mr Ballard gone to Jon as. 
6 5
Clear part of the day, raind before night. mr Ballard gone to Son Jonas. I have been So unwell this day that I Could not Sett up, feel a little better towards night. mr Livermore took Tea with us at Evn. at home unwell.  
7 6
Clear till near night when it began to rain, and Continued to thro the night. mr Ballard went to Carrie a web to Timy Pages wife to weav 32 - 15 knoted Skeins Lining and [80] Skeins of Tow. Cyrus Came here. at home. mr Ballard to Timy Pages.  
8 7
rainy. I was Calld at 4h Pm by my Son Pollard to go and See his wife who is unwell. I wrode from mr Robinsons alone, reacht my Sons before night. it raind most powerfully at night. I found my Self to be after the manner of woman this night. [1806]. I have remaind in that Situation Every [moment] Since. at Son Pollards.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.