Martha Ballard's Diary, December 1 - 9, 1800

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Clear and Cold. mr Ballard left home at the riseing of ye Sun to N2 to Survey. I have washt and Cleand the North room. Cyrus waited on Jonas wife & daugt to Asa Peirces, went at Evn and Conducted them home. Bill Cuting wood. at home.  
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Cleare, windy and Cold. I have been at home. Jona & wife Supt and Spent Evng. Bill Cuting wood. Jona brot 2 load to our door and 1 to the Settlement. at home. Expired at Hallowell, Old mr Norcross.  
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Clear and very Pleast. I washt my Buttery and kitchen, Sorted my Apples & Cut Some. Cyrus went to the Settlement, bot _ gln Spt, 3 lb Sugar, 1 dos biskit, 1 Card gt pins, at mr Wesns & Dexters. Cost 8/6. at home.  
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Clear and pleast. Son Jona & Bill geting wood. Brot 2 Loads here. I have been at home. Cut apples & Stewed Pumkin allso. am informd by Sally Andrus that the remains of Old mr Norcross are to be intered this aftern. Capt Stones wife Calld here. at home. Funeral mr Norcross.  
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Cloudy the most of ye day. Dagt Ballard here. Son Lambd took Breakfast with me. Cyrus went to his hous and brot home 4 bushls Corn. I have been at home. Bill got in 4 Bushels of Turnips from our yard. at home. raind, haild and Snowd the most of the night.  
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Cloudy and Cold, Snowd at Evng. mr Ballard returnd from N2. he Slept at Son Towns last night, they are all well. I have Bakt Apple Pies ys day. Ephm Came here at Evn, Sleeps here. at home. mr Ballard returnd.  
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Clear. mr Ballard went to meeting. Amos Pollard here on his way home. we Spent Evng at Son Jonas. at son Jonas at Evng
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Clear. mr Ballard and Ephm Building a [necesara] house. I have been at home. at home. Bill went home.  
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Clear. Son Jonas Childn all here forn, their marm gone to the Settlement; Cyrus Conducted her. he is gone to the hook. I have been at home. at home. Son Town Sleeps here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.