Martha Ballard's Diary, August 27 - 31, 1802

27 6
Cloudy and some rain. I have done my hous work, Cleand my Seller and Boiled Some Pickle. Sister Wilms & Dagt Ballard & her Dagts and Sally Parker took Tea here. at [home]. Dagt Balld here.  
28 7
Cloudy. Sister Wms went to Son Jonas. I have Done my   
29 1
aftern work. Sister did ye morning work as I had taken Phisic the Evng preceeding ys day. my Lott is Singular but with Patience I wish to Conform to it. my husband returnd at Evng fm Balls town much fatagued with his Journey, had a fitt of Shakeing. I heat a Blankett and put it about him at about 3h morn. he, being relaxed, Dirtied the Bed. I rose, Shirted him and removed the dirty lining, went to Bed again, but was so Cold that I Could not Sleep. I rose again before the Sun rose, washt the things which were unclean but felt So unfitt to attend worship lhat I tarried at home. my famely all attended. O my god, when will the Time be when I may have it in my Power to go to thy house to worship again. at home. mrs Duttun here. my husband [returnd]. at home. Dagt Ballard here. mrss Stone went on Board Capt Bruister for [Boston] this [morn].  
30 2
Cloudy till aftern when the Sun Shone. our men takeing Care of the hay. mr Ballard gone to Sidney to survey for mr Getchel. I havee washt some of my Cloaths. Sister Wilms went to my Sons. Shee and my Dagt Came and took Tea here. mrs Duttun here mending Cloaths for me. Revd mr Stone Calld here. at home. mr Ballard gone to Sidney.  
31 3
Clear. our men takeing Care of ye hay. I have done my work tho very ill able. I walkt to my Sons to See Sally who is Sick with the measels. Sister Wilms been there Part of the day. James Moore here after me to go & See Amos Lions wife. I was not able. at my Sons. Sally Sick. mr James Moore here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.