Martha Ballard's Diary, October 4 - 11, 1802

4 2
Clear. mr Ballard Sett out to Survey for mr Smart & others. Dagt Ballard here, workt Butter I Bot of mr Getchel, there was 7_ lb. at home. [mr] Ballard gone.  
5 3
Clear. I went to Son Lambds, his Son Barny is Sick with the measels. I Calld at mr Towns, his Child has ye Disentary. mrs Andrus Spake to me as I Came home, her famely are unwell, mrs Dullun allso. I Sent her Safron & meregoulds. at [Son] Lambards & mr Towns.  
6 4
Clear. I have been at home unwell, but have gathered part of my Beens. Cyrus is very unwell. at home.  
7 5
Clear. I have got in matters from my Gardin. Cyrus more unwell. Dagt Ballard, mrs Butler, Farwell took Tea here. Ephm Came home very Sick. I got warm watir to Bath his feet & made him Catnip Tea with peneriol. the wife of S. J. Foster Expired at 3h ys morn. at home. Eph Came home Sick at Evng.  
8 6
Clear. the remains of mrs Foster were intered at 3h pm. Dagt Ballard, her oldest Son & son Epm attended. I have been very unwell. at home. funeral of mrs Foster.  
9 7
Clear. Epm Cowens wife here, I paid her what was her due fm me. at home. mrs Cowen here.  
10 1
Clear. mr Ballard to meeting. I have been at home. Son Jona & famely Supt here, Aallin & Dolly Lambd allso. at home.  
11 2
Clear. mr Ballard brot his OXen fm [Pages]. I have been unwell ys day. [Son] Ephm went to Son Lambds, [was] taken down with ye measels. at [home]. Son Ephm down [Sick] at Son Lambds.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.