Martha Ballard's Diary, February 8 - 18, 1802

8 2
Clear. mr Cottle & wife Dind here. Doct Ballard & mrrs Trask Supt. Cyrus went to Son Towns with Patty. I have been at home. Betsy Church Came to work for us. Son Lambd, his Dagt & Thoms & Wm Gill here. I am informd mrs Trip has a Child, wd 12 [lb]. at home, had Compy.  
9 3
Cloudy, Snowd at Evn. Betsy washt and washt ye kitchin. Cyrus returnd, informs me Lucy is much as Shee has been; the rest of ye famely Cleverly. at home.  
10 4
Clear morn, Snowd Soon, Comfortable afterwards. I have been at home. at home. mr Lawson here. recvd [money].  
11 5
Clear. I have been at home. Hannah Ballard Slept here last night. Shee was unwell. Betsy went to Son Jon as to See to the famely at were at home. my Dagt gone to Asa Pierces. at home. Saml Smith of Sidney Expired ysday.  
12 6
Cloudy, snowd a little at Evng. I have been at home overhalling raggs for Coverlid &C. Sally Cypher here, informds yt Saml Smith Expired yesterday. at home. mrs Bridg Deld of her first Dagt & 3d Child. mrs Mosier performd.  
13 7
Cloudy & Some rain. I have been mending Shirts for son Ephm, have done three. Betsy Brewd and did hous work & mended trousers for Saml Trask. at home.  
14 1
Clear and pleast. mr Ballard and Sons went to Meeting. Betsy went to her Dadys. I have been at home. at home.  
15 2
Cloudy. I have Done part of my hous work. Revd mr Stone and Lady made us a visit. at home. mr Stone & Lady here.  
16 3
Clear. I have been at home. Son Jona & wife to mr Fletchers, Jack & Wilm Came here. Wm had a Severe turn of ye Collic, he and Ephm tarried here all night. at home. Billy had ye Collic.  
17 4
Snowd a little. mr Waid Butchered 2 Swine for us. he had 12_lb Sparerib. at home, we killd hoggs.  
18 5
X. Birth Pegy Whealors Dagt. X.
Cloudy & windy. I was Calld at 4h morn to See Peggy Whealor, Shee was Deld of a Dagt at 9 which Shee declared [ ] Gates was the Father of. I came home at 12 O Clock, tried the lard. A mr Meril of N. Gloster, his wife, Robd Forbes and Fanny Sleep here. his marm made me a prest of a pair of mitts. at Saunders. Case 3d. receivd 9/ ofL. Hamlin. had Compy.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.