Martha Ballard's Diary, June 24 - 30, 1802

[24] 5
Cloudy part of ye day. I have had a very Sick day. Dagt Ballard Came to See me Several times. I got Ease and had a better night. Dagt Bald to mrs Farewels aftern. at home, very ill indead, all day.  
25 6
Clear till near night when it became Cloudy. I have workt in my gardin a considarable part of this day. how much reason have I to bless God for restoreing mercies. he is able to bring us low and to raise us again as Seemith good unto him!!! mr Ballard is So well that he is gone to Collect Taxes. Dagt Ballard is gone to Son Lambds. Clarrissa is this aftern to mrs Farewels. at home, and through Gods Great goodness am muchmore Comfortable. Clara went to mrss Farewels. 
26 7
Clear the most of the day. I have been so well as to work in my gardin part ofthe day. Wm Cypher helping hough our Corn. mr Ballard and Cyrus with him, Son Jona, his wife & William dind with us. at home, workt in my gardin.  
27 1
Clear. my famely all at meeting. Revd mr Parker performd, he Spake forenn from Exodus xx C 8 [Vs], aftern fm Matthu xxiv 42nt. I went to mr Pittss at intermition, to Son Lambd after meeting. was very unwell all night. at meeting & at mr Pittss & Son Lambds
28 2
Clear, part of ye day we had Showers. Dagt Ballard took Tea with me. I have been so unwell that I have done but little work this day. at home, unwell.  
29 3
Clear. I have been at home, workt Some in my gardin & knit Some; am more Comfortable. at home.  
30 4
Clear. I have been at home, houghd my peas, Some beens, [radashes], Cucumbers, millons, and knit. mrs Farewell and Dagt Ballard too Tea here, informd that James Cyphers infant is dead. Rhoda Pollard is 8 years old ys day. at home. mrs Farewell & [Dagt] Ballard here. a [death].  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.