Martha Ballard's Diary, September 5 - 20, 1802

5 1
Clear. we all attended worship at ye meeting hous, the ordinance of ye Supper administred. A Revd mr Abbott Performd foren, mr Stone aftern. I went to son Lambds at intermition. felt very much fatagued when I Came home. at meeting. [Communion] day.  
6 2
Clear. I have been at home. Dagt Ballard here to Tea, her Childn are better. at home. Dagt Ballard here.  
7 3
Clear foren, raind before night. the wido Farewell here to Tea, Shee paid her taxes. Dagt Ballard gone over ye river. at home, mrss Farewell here.  
8 4
Clear part of ye day. I have been at home. Dagt Ballard to mr Gills, his Babe is very Sick. may God pleas to restore it to health and they be able to bless his name. at home, feel very unwell.  
9 5
rainy. I have washt part of my Cloaths, feel much fatagued. mr Ballard has been to wido Floids & mr Osgoods. at home.  
10 6
Showers. I have finisht wy washing and done my hous work. Suky Kenady here. I lent her my Saddle to go to Farmington. I am informd that mr Gills Child is better. at home.  
11 7
Clear. I have been at home, did my work about hous through much fatague. Richd Fosters wife Came here at Evng and Sleeps here with her youngest Child. at home. mrs Foster SLeeps here.  
12 1
Clear. I have been at home, my famely all to meeting. mrs FoSter to my Sons after Breakfast. mr Forbs & Savage Dind here. I went to Son Jonas to See Sally who is unwell. at my Sons to See Sally.  
13 2
Clear. I have been at home, did my work. Rhoda Pollard Came here with Son Cyrus. at home.  
14 3
Clear. mr Ballard to mr OZgoods. I have been at home, mrs Dullun here to mend Cloaths. I have washt. at home, washt. mrs Duttun Sewing for me.  
[15] 4
Clear. mr Ballard gone to Friend Breads. I have been at home, harvisted part of my Peas. mrs Duttun Sewing for me. I paid her 3/, mr Ballard has paid her 4/ for past Servises. at home. mrs Duttun helpt me.  
[16] 5
Cloudy. mr Ballard is not returned. I have been at home. Dagts Ballard & Lambd with part of their Childn here, mrs Parker & 5 of hers here allso. Son & Dagt Lambd & Barney Sleep here. Son Ephm at home to Sleep. at home, friends here to See me.  
[17] 6
Clear part of the day. Dagt Lambd went from here to my Sons. I went there aftern to See Hannah who is very Sick with a Pukeing & desentry. Old Lady Mosier Came there, we took Tea and Shee Came home with me; Slept here. the Child is Some Easier. Rhoda Pollard with her aunt. at my Sons. Dagt Lambd went home. Old mrs Mosier Sleept with me.  
[18] 7
Clear. mr Ballard returnd. I have been at home, the old Lady left here after Dinner. Shee had ye misfortin to fall from ye top of ye Stairs after Shee arivd at home. at home. Old Lady Mosier left here.  
19 1
Clear. my famely to meeting. I tarried at home, made apple saus for S. J. Fosters wife. mr Ballard went to Carrie it to her at Evn. at home. made apple saus for mrs Foster.  
20 2
Clear. I wrote to my Sester Walers. mr Ballard from home on Business to mr Thomases. Son Town Sleeps here, he is on his way to OXford. I wrote to Sister Waters. at home. Son Town Sleeps here. wrote Sist Waters.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.