Martha Ballard's Diary, May 15 - 20, 1800

15 5
Clear. I have been at home but have but little Comfort. God grant me grace & patience to Sufer what he is pleased to inflict upon me. at home, did my house work.  
16 6
Clear. I have Done my house work alltho I have Sufered much pain. O God, if it is Consistant with thy will let this Cup depart, but not my will but thine be done. at home.  
17 7
Clear. mr Ballard Cleand flax Seed and Sowd it. he has Seen 75 years. I have Bakt and done my other work. O Parent allmighty, give me [Strength] to bear all that thou art pleased to Lay upon me, and may all things work for good to my immortal Sole. mr Capin and wife Dind here on their way to Son Lambards. at home. mr Capin & wife here.  
18 1
Cloudy and Some rain. my husband went to meeting but finds time to keep up the afair of Hepsy and torment me. I had no Sleep this night. he lay before the kitchen fire, he Compared me to Everdon. O God, pardon his Sin in this Cruel Conduct towards me. at home.  
19 2
Cloudy morn. mr Capin, his wife and Son Ephm Came here, took Breakfast. I [rose ] early, put on a kettle of [yn] to boil, then milkt and got breakfast and did my washing; then went to ye Spring for water but, alass, how fatagued was I when I reacht my house. mrs Cypher and Son Jonas fife here. at home.  
20 3
Clear. I have been at home, workt some in the gardin and did my house work. God grant me Strength to bear my toil and affliction. at home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.