Martha Ballard's Diary, August 17 - 26, 1802

[17] 3
Clear. I have wast my North room and went to See Hannah Ballard, Shee has got the measels. at my Sons to See Hannah.  
18 4
Clear. I have washt my kitchen, feel very unwell indead. mr Ballard to Coart. at home.  
19 5
raind Some. I have been to See hannah, find her Some better. Capt Parker killd by his Cart overSeting. at my sons.  
20 6
rainy. mr Ballard & Cyrus to Coart. son Town Selpt here last night and went from here this morn. at home. son Town here.  
21 7
Clear. I have done my washing, mr Ballard and Cyrus to Coart. Sister Wilms, Dagts Ballard and Lambd took Tea here. Ezra Town Sleeps here, Ephm Came home with him. Hannah Ballard here this foren, Sally with her. Shee Slipt down and hurt her head with a Stone. at home. Sister Wiliams Sleeps here, Ezra Town allso.  
22 1
Clear and warm. my famely at meeting. Sister Willams spent the day with me. Dagt Ballard Came here after meeting, we took a walk to the Shop and orChard. Ezra & Ephm been to Son Pollards after meeting, returnd at Evng. at home. Sister Wilms & Ezra Sleep here.  
23 2
Clear. Sister Wilms helpt me in the morn and went to Son Jonas. I finisht my work, went there aftern. feel much fatagued, went on the bed and rested. I took Tea there, mr Ballard & Cyrus allso. Sister Came home with me, mrs Farewell with us fm there. I had a very ill night. aneversary Lucy Towns [Birth] 17 years. at my Sons. Ezra Town Sleeps here.  
24 3
Cloudy part of the day, raind at night. Son Jona had men to work at haying, his wife went to Sith J. Fosters. mrs Hallowell Came here at Evn and tarries all night. Jona & wife both gone all night. at home, feel very unwell.  
25 4
Clear. Sister Williams here part of ye day. at home.  
26 5
Clear. mrs Welch washt for me. I paid her Cash 9/8_. mr Ballard Sett out for Ball Town. Sister Williams spent ye day at my Sons, Came here at Evng. I have been not So well as I Could wish. at home. mr Ballard Sett out for Ball town. mrs Welch washt here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.