Martha Ballard's Diary, March 14 - 19, 1802

[14] [1]
Clear and Cold. mr Ballard & Ephm went to meeting. Hannahs Ballard & Pollard Came to be with me. Son Jon a, his wife and 4 Childn went to mr Saml Pierces. mrss Edson Came here to See me, hearing I was Sick. I take it very kind indead. Son and Dagt Lambd Came after meeting, tittle [Toms] with them. O how good it is to See any one Concernd for me, but I would not forgit gods Goodness to me in preserving from Death when I thought it even had hold of me. may I Still live to Shew I have a Sence of his goodness. at home. by Gods Goodness am more Comfortable. Son Lambd & wife and mrss Edson here to See me.  
15 2
Clear. I have been at home, very unwell forenn. Betsy Andrus Came to help me, began my wash. Jona & famely returnd. Ephm, B. Cypher, Robd Fletcher got 6 loads wood here and 1 to Jonas. at home, Betsy Andrus Came to assist me.  
16 3
Clear and pleast. Betsy finisht my wash. mrss Church & her Dagt Lidia took Tea here. Bill Cypher Cut wood at our door ys aftern. mr Ballard & Cyrus down in ye Settlement, Ephm allso. the Coart Sett. at home. mrss Church here. Betsy went home.  
17 4
Clear. I have been at home. mr Ballard & Cyrus to Coart. mrs Farewell, Dagt Ballard and Son Town took Tea here. son Town Sleeps here, his Famely all well Except Lucy, who is declineing fast. may God be with her and aford her Comfortable hopes of his love for immortal part, may he Send a guardan Angel to guid her better part to bliss. Sons Jona & Ephm been to Sidney. Jason Pierce Came to my sons. at home. Son Town Sleeps here. Lucy is no better.  
18 5
Clear and warm. mrs Herington Scoured my Puter. our men gone to Coart. Dolly Kimbal Came to work here. at home.  
19 6
Clear part of ye day. I have mended a waist Coat & Shirt for Cyrus. Dagt Ballard & mrss Pierce here to Tea. our men to Coart, a Caus between Capt Wm Haywood and Robinson Mills was tried and went to thee Jury this Evng. at home. Dagt Balld & mrs Pierce here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.