Martha Ballard's Diary, December 8 - 15, 1799

8 1
Clear. mr Ballard went to meeting. Sons Ballard, Pollard & Lambd, their wives and Childn, mr & mrs Pierce & Jack Pierce took Supper with us after meeting. at home. my Childn here after meeting.  
9 2
Clear. I have been at home. we sorted our apples. I have felt very unwell ys aftern. mr Barbreck of Belgrade and mr Saunders Each took 10 Sheep of mr Ballard. at home.  
10 3
Clear and Cold. mr Ballard been to Coart, Cyrus geting and Cuting wood, Hepsy washt. Dagt Ballard here to double yn, her Childn here. Jack was very unwell when he went home. mrs Pierce here, took Coffee with us. Hepsy Spent Evng there. it began to Snow at 10h Evn. at home.  
11 4
Clear. I have been at home. Hepsy washt my room. Son Town, mr Gill and wife, Son Jona and wife Supt with us. mr Town and [mr] Gill Sleep here. at home. mr Town & mr Gill & his wife here.  
12 5
Clear and Pleast. mrss Gill and I Spent the aftern at Son Jonas; he Came for his wife, mr Ballard for me; Cyrus to see Coart, Hepsy to my Sons at Evn to Spin. at son Jon as
13 6
Clear and Cold. mr Ballard to hear Coart. I have been at home. mrss Page Came here for herbs for her dagt Whealor. Hepsy went to my Sons to Spin and Twist yn for a mop. at home. mrss Page here.  
14 7
Clear. I have been at home. mr Ballard got Some wood and went to Town. we Bakt Pies and Bread. at home.  
15 1
Clear and Pleasant. mr Ballard and I attended worship all day. I went to warm me at mr Robinsons. Jane Black Calld me in to See her marm and aunt Baxter. mr Warrin has Past thro the operation of being Tapt this fore noon. Sally Tole, Jack Peirce and Son Jonas Childn supt with us. Hepsy Spent the Evng there. Asa Peirce Came home with her. at meeting.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.