Martha Ballard's Diary, December 24 - 31, 1800

24 4
Clear and very pleast. mrss Welch here for things for the Sick Babe. mr Ballard went to mr Asa Williams and got my lether Shoes mended. I have been very unwell ys day but have done my hous work. Son Jona here at Evn, Sold a mare to Nathan Tylor, took of him a note for 9 Dols payable the middle of March; and another, Same Sum, to be paid September ye first in good Shingles. at home.  
25 5
Clear and pleast. I have been at home. mr Ballard to hook and fort. at home.  
26 6
Cloudy, raind Some. mr Mofett from N2 Dind here. we had a Loin of Veal roast. I gathered parsly, fresh and green, from my Gardin for to put in my gravy. at home. mr Mofett dind here.  
27 7
Cloudy all day and very moderate, raind at night. mr Ballard makeing a plan foren, went to a Parish meeting aftern. Cyrus went to Son Lambds, brot home 2 Bushel of Corn, then went to mill with part of it. Doct Barton Came at Evn, Supt & Sleeps here. I have brot my Beef out of the Sellar and repacked it. Boiled the pickel &C, &c. at home. Doct Barton Sleeps here.  
28 1
Cloudy and moderate till Evng when it began to Snow. mr Ballard been to meeting. Doct Barton, Son Jon a & his wife Dind with us, we had roast Beef. at home. Doct Barton Sleeps here.  
29 2
Clear and Cloudy alternately, and Cool. I have been at home. mr Ballard makeing a plann, Cyrus doing things at ye Barn & Cuting wood. Doct Barton left here after breakfast bound to Goshan. at home. Doct Barton Sett out for home.  
30 3
Clear till Evn when it Snowd. I went in to See little william. Ephm let him fall ys morn and Burnt his arm, and Cut his Chin with a pott which was by ye fire. mr Ballard been makeing plan. at Son Jon as at Evng
31 4
Clear part of the day and Snowd Some part thereof. mr Waid Butchered 3 Swine for us. Capt Toby and A mr Fish dind here, Son Jona allso. Bitsy Cowen Came and helpt me part of the day, and now this year is Come to a Close and happy is it if we have made a wise improvment of the time. at home. we had 3 Swine Bulchered and purchasd 31 lb rough Tallow of Capt Ney at 10 Cents pr pound.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.