Martha Ballard's Diary, December 19 - 23, 1800

[19] 6
Clear and very pleast. I have been at home, Bakt Some Cake. this is ye anniversary of my Marriage, 46 years Since. mr Ballard returnd home from surveying for mr Ingerham & others of that Neighbourhood. I Sorted my apples this Evng and mended a pair of hoes for Son Ephm. at home. it is 46 years ys day Since my marriage.  
20 7
Cloudy and moderate foren, raind aftern and Evn. mr Ballard went to Survey land for mr Francess of Hallowell. the land is near Alps Lions. I have been Corking the west Side of ye North room. Son Lambd took Breakfast with me. Ephm has finisht a door to the Buttery and hung it and put a hatch on ye W door. at home. Son Lambd gave me straw to fill Some [Beds].  
21 1
Clear the most of the day and very moderate. mr Ballard only of our famely went to meeting. Jona Came and puld Some Turnips. Ephm has taken Sallts, he went to Son Lambards toward night. I have Cutt and Stued some apples. at home.  
22 2
Cloudy and Some rain. I have Baked Bread and done my hous work. mr Ballard has been writing. he had a fall in the Barn which hurt his left Shoalder. I bathed it with Spt turpintine & Spirit. Cyrus Butcherd a veal for Jona. we had a quarter, wd 11 lb. he afterwards went to Son Lambards, brot home 3 bushels Corn. at home.  
23 3
Clear and pleast. mr Ballard, Cyrus and my Self Dind at Son Jonas, on Calvs head & harslet and other good things. I attempted to wride but found ye road So bad I dismounted and walkt. I was Calld from there to See mrs Heringtons Child who is Sick. Cyrus put the hors in the Sleigh and led her there and home again. I Emtied an underbed and filld it again, Swept the Chambers, made two Beds, mended a Coat for Cyrus and Sewd some raggs for Coverld after I Came home. at my Sons & mrs Welchs to see James Herington.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.