Martha Ballard's Diary, September 23 - 30, 1801

23 4
Clear. I have been at home, helpt do my hous work. mr Ballard to Coart. at [home].  
24 5
Clear. I have been at home. Son Town, Ezra & Benn Porter Sleep here. mrs Parker here. at home, had Compy.  
25 6
Clear. sister Barton, Dagt Ballard & Hitty Pierce here to Tea. Ezra Town Sleeps here. I have been at home. Hitty Hatch went home to quillt. at home. Ezra Sleeps here.  
26 7
Clear. I am makeing Soap. Hitty Hatch left me, we paid her 7/ for a weaks work. at home. Hitty left me.  
27 1
Clear. mr Ballard to meeting, Cyrus to winslow. Jona, his wife & Ephm to Lambards. I have been at home. I feel a little more strength than I have for some time past. at home. Cyrus to winslow.  
28 2
Clear. mr Ballard went to Settle with Colo Howard for the rent of the farm we last livd on. I have been makeing Soap, Ephm went to winslow. Sally Cypher Came to help me. at home. mr Ballard Sumoned to Coart as a witness.  
29 3
Clear. mr Ballard Sett out for Pownalboro. I have been at home about makeing Soap. I feel very feeble ys afternoon. at home.  
30 4
Clear, a hard frost, the 3d we have had, but my vines were not much hurt till this. I pulld up part of ym. Son Lambard Brot us 2 piggs. Ephm Came here with him and went to work on mr Bridges Phraim. Cyrus Came home near night. I have been at home, racked up Chips and makeing Soap. at home. my sons returnd from winslow.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.