Martha Ballard's Diary, November 9 - 15, 1802

9 3
Clear and pleast. I have a pain in my neck but have to do my work. mr Ballard got in our Beets & some Parsnips. at home, feel very unwell.  
10 4
Clear. I have been at home, feel more Comfortable. Sally Church washt for me. mr Ballard gone to Survey the road thro Winthrop. Son Town Sleeps here. this is the aneversary of my Dagt death. at home. Son Town Sleeps here. 4 years Since ["my Dagt death". - implied]  
11 5
Clear and very pleast. magr Stickney here this morn after mr Ballard to go and Survey for Capt Rheed. Son Town went from here before Breakfast. Sally Came and helpt me again, Shee washt my floars. Dagt Ballard took Tea here. at home. magr Stickny here. Dagt Ballardhere aftn.  
12 6
Clear. I have done my hous work, boiled the pickle my Cucumbers are in. Cutt, pared and hung up 4 pumpkins, helpt pare and Cutt more at Evng. mr Ballard returned from Surveying winthrop road. Sally Farewell been in here ys day. at home.  
13 7
Clear. I have been at home, Sorted our Corn & helpt do other work. Sally Church helpt me. I paid her 3/8 pence for the three days Shee has workt here this weak. we had a [Broild] Chicken for Dinner. Dagt Ballard partook. at home. Dagt Ballard here.  
14 1
Clear. Sally Came and did my work and I went to meeting. I paid her /9 for her Service. Son and daght Ballard Supt here. Revd mr Parker Performd. I went to mr Pittses at [intermition]. at meeting & mr Pitts.  
15 2
Cloudy. I have done my hous work and Cut and Pared 4 Pumpkins. mr [Ballard] on the Collection Business. Betsy Andrus here, paid me a Crown for my attending her Sister Duttun in her last Sickness. at [home]. Betsy Andrus here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.