Martha Ballard's Diary, May 17 - 27, 1803

17 3
Clear. I have helpt do hous work and rakt Chips. Dagt Ballard & mrs Chamberlin here. mr Ballard fenced ye Gardin. he has seen 78 years this day. as his years may his grace in Creas. at [home]. Son Town Sleeps here.  
18 4
Clear. mr Ballard went to winslow, Son Town home. I have had a vary Sick day. Dagt Ballard Came to See me. at home, very Sick.  
19 5
Clear & Cloudy by turns. I feel very feeble. Jonas wife here for Seeds forenn, with mrs Pierce aftern to Tea. at home, very feeble. Jonas wife [& mr Pierce here].  
20 6
Clear. mr Ballard returnd. I have been so well that I have mended Some Stockins for my Self. mrs Hodges and Fanny Sleep here. Betsy andrus been here. at home, have done Some Sewing. mrs Hodges here.  
21 7
Clear. mrs Hodges left here after Breakfast. I have done part of my hous work. mr Ballard Surveying for mr Purington. Fanny helpt me this day & Lydia spun for my Daugt. mrs Farewel here, took Tea with me. at home. mrs Farewel here.  
22 1
Clear. our famely all at meeting. mr Parker Performd from 2 Corinthv C 11 verse. I was at mr Thwings at intermition, his Child is mending. I Calld at mr Moodys after Service, his wife is feeble yet. Calld at Son Jonas, Son and Daugt Lambard there. Billy Ballard is unwell, he pukt up a worm. at meeting, mr Thwing, Moodys and my sons. mrs Hitty Peirce is Published to Saml Babcock.  
23 2
Clear. I went to mr Thwings & dind, to Genl Sewalls and took Tea, to Son Lambards at Evng, tarrie till ye 27th. at son Lambds & others.  
27 6
Clear. I left Son Lambards foren. Dind at Doct Coneys, took Tea at mr Craggs, was at Gnl Sewalls, mr Thomass and Thwings. at Ditoes, and [returnd] home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.