Martha Ballard's Diary, May 4 - 11, 1803

4 4
Clear part of the day. Lydia Nudd Sett out to go to her fathers. I washt ye Bullery and performd other work foren, was very unwell before night. Fanny Hodges Came from my sons to assist me. I had a very ill night. at home. Lydia [went] home. I have been very unwell.  
5 5
Clear part of the day, raind at night. I have been very unwell all day. mrs Edson, Dagt Ballard, Saunders & mrs Crockett here. Old mr Jo foster and Son Jona took Tea here. at home, have been unwell. mr Ballard Surveying for mr Gilly.  
6 6
Cloudy. I have been So well that I have made Flower Bread for my self, Brown bread for mr Puringtun. we bott 10 lb Butter of Leut John Shaw. at home.  
7 7
Clear. I have Cleand my Chambers. Fanny Hodges helpt me this fore nn. Sons Pollard & Jona ant their wives took Tea. Son P. & wife Sleep here. mr Ballard been to the Settlement. at home. Son & Dagt Pollard, theiroldest & youngest Dagts with ym
8 1
Snowd. mr Ballard and Cyrus went to meeting. mr Gill & Lambard Came and Conducted Dagts Pollard & Ballard to Son Lambd s. Jona and Ephm went there. I have been at home. it was a Severe Storm aftern and Evng. at home. Dagt Pollard went to Son Lambards.  
9 2
Clear but Cold. I have been very unwell this day. Fanny Came and helpt me make some Apple & pumpkin Pies. Lydia returnd, her Sister Odlin Came with her. Shee Sleeps here. at home. am informd that mr John Badcock Expired last night.  
10 3
Clear. mrss Odlin left here at 9h m. Lydia went with her to the stores and to her Uncles. mr Ballard been Surveying hous Lotts for mr Whilwel. mrs Crocket and Dagt Ballard here to Tea. at home. Son Towns youngest Child Expired.  
11 4
Clear. I have been at home. Lydia washt. Cyrus informd me that Son Towns youngest Child is no more. at home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.