Martha Ballard's Diary, August 6 - 12, 1801

6 5
Clear. Richd Fosters wife & her two youngest Childn Came here. Luke Barton went to Son Pollards for his marm. Shee Came here aftern. the Doct and Shee Slept at my Sons. mrs Foster & Childn & Luke Slept here. Dagt Ballard Came and took Tea here. at home. my [famely] here.  
7 6
Clear Except a Shower at Evn. My Sister and her Childn went from here after Breakfast. the Doct workt here all day, went home at Evn. I have been at home, feel very unfitt to do my work. at home.  
8 7
Clear. mr Ballard workt at Surveying for mr Gill & Town. I have been at home, done my hous work, washt the Buttery & Kitchen floors. Doct Barton had 7_ lb Lamb. at home.  
9 1
Clear and very warm. mr Ballard & Cyrus to meeting. Jona, Ephm went to Sydna. I have been at home very unwell indead. at home.  
10 2
Clear till near night when we had a little rain. I have done my work tho very unable. Sister Barton & Luke Came here at Evn, informs that mr Atkins had his Legg broken by a Cart wheal pasing over it, the Cart was loaden with brick. at home. Atkinss Legg Broke.  
11 3
Clear and warm. I was at home till 5h pm when James Moore Calld me to See his wife. we reacht there by 7, the hors I wrode Stumbled and Threw me, Lamed my left ancle. Ephm Cowens wife was Calld at Evn. at James Moores.  
12 4
XX. Birth James Moores 7th Dagt, wd 8 lb. XX.
Clear part of the day. mrs Brownen and Moore were Calld and the patient was Deld of her 7th Daugth & 10th Child at 6h pm. I tarried all night, they are all Cleverly. at Dittoes. Birth 15th. recd 9/.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.