Martha Ballard's Diary, July 1 - 7, 1802

1 5
Clear. mr Ballard down to ye Settlement on business. I have been at home, do not feel So well as I could wish but helpt do hous work, knit and did some work in my gardin. Son Jona & his wife went to Asa Pierces to See Le faett who is Sick there with the measels. Clarrisa Scourd my puter. at home. Dagt Ballard gone to See Le faett.  
2 6
Clear. I have been at home. Dagt Ballard Came home, left Le faett more Comfortable. I have houghd part of my Beens. at home.  
3 7
Clear. I have workt in my gardin foren. mrss Moody and Dagt Ballard here to Tea. mr Ballard been over the river, finds Le faett better. Clarrisa has the head aich. at home. mrs Moody & Dagt Ballard here.  
4 1
Clear. my famely attended worship Except my Self and Ephm. he went to Sydney with Son Pollard, who took Breakfast here. Jon a and wife and part of their Childn here at Evn. Le faett Seems feeble. Clarrisa Sett out to go to her Fathers but went to mrss Farewels. at home. Clarrisa at mrs Farewels.  
5 2
Clear. Indipendance observd at Hallowell. mr Ballard and Ephm I went to See the, or rather hear an Oration deld which was performd by Thos Bond. Clarrisa went to mr Parkers. I Sett 62 Cabg plants. Old mrs Rhead here, Shee was going to mr Asa Williams. I was very unwell, all night with pain. at home. mrs Rhead Calld here.  
6 3
Clear. I have been very ill ys day. Dagt Ballard Came and nursed me, may Gods blessing rest on her for her goodness to me. at home, very Sick all day.  
7 4
Clear. I have been very feeble but am left to take care of my self and famely. I paid Clarrissa Stone 8/8_ for what Shee has Done for me Since June 20th. at home, very unwell.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.