Martha Ballard's Diary, October 18 - 29, 1800

[18] 7
[X. Birth Bunkers Dagt. X.]
raind very hard at night. my Patient was Deld of her first Child, a daugt, at 5h pm. mrss Soal, Pitts & Moody went home. I tarried all night, and the other women. at Ditoes. Birth 26th. recd 7/6 [1/4].  
[19] 1
raind very hard the most of the day. I returnd at 1h pm. Son Jona, his wife & Sist Gitchel and dagt Lambd took Tea with me, Allin allso. at Ditoes.  
[20] 2
Cloudy. dagt Lambd and Son went to mr Gills. I have been at home. at home.  
[21] 3
Clear Part of the day. Dagt Lambd & Son dind here and then went home. mrs Saunders here, Dagt Ballard allso. I have been at home. at home.  
[22] 4
Cloudy. I got in part of my Cabbages. at home.  
[23] 5
rainy. we heard mr Ballard was well on Monday last. I have been at home, Cutt Apples to drie. at home.  
[24] 6
Clear part of the day. I have Bakt & washt and washt my buttery and kitchen floors. at home.  
[25] 7
Clear. dagt Ballard and Sister, Ephm and Willm dind here. son Ephm Sleeps here. at home.  
[26] 1
Clear Part of the day. Cyrus and I dind at Son Jonas. Son Lambd Calld there on his return from Boston. Jona from winslow, he has Sold his hors. at my Sons [  ] Lambd Came home.  
[27] 2
Clear and pleast. I have done a larg wash. dagt Ballard quilting a bed quillt. at home.  
[28] 3
Clear and very pleast. I got in the last of my Carrots and Cabbages. Sett out 100 young Sage roots. I ironed at Evng. mrs Farewell here. at home.  
[29] 4
Clear and very pleast. I finisht ironing, went to my Sons to Tea. mrs Farewell and Dagt there. the quillt was got out this Evng. at my Sons.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.