Martha Ballard's Diary, July 28 - August 9, 1803

[28] 5
raind very fast aftern. Sally Church washt for me. mr Ballard returnd about noon. I have done hous wk & kniting. Polly T. here Sewing for me. at home. mr Balld Came home.  
29 6
Clear pt of ye Day. I washt Nth room and the windows. Jona, his wife, mrs Trask & part of ye Childn here to Tea. at home.  
30 7
I was Calld at 1h ys morn to go to Saml Clearks, we arivd at 4. his wife is unwell. the wife of Ezekiel Coal Expird this night Soon after Delivery, has left an Infant Dagt. at Saml Clearks. mrs Coal Expired.  
31 1
Clear. at mr Clearks yet. mrs Hodges Calld. at Detoes.  
1 2
at mr Clearks.   
2 3
at Ditoes.
3 4
Clear. I left mrs Cleark, took breakfast at Son Pollards. Calld at Georg Boltons and returnd home. Pollards & G. Boltons  
4 5
Clear & very warm. I have done hous work, Polly T. assisted me. Shee went to Crockets, found their Babe in a fitt, Came and informd me. Jonas wife and I went, it Seemd to revive. I let them have 1 lb Candles. mrs Farewel & Bennit, Son and Dagt Ballard, Betsy Pierce, Hannah & Wm took Tea. mr Ballard been to meddow. at mr Crockets; had Company here.  
5 6
Clear. I have done the most of my hous work. Polly Town went to visit at my sons. mrs Crocket here, her Babe very Sick yet. mr Ballard been to meddow. at home.  
6 7
Clear morn, raind before night. I was at Georg Boltons, his wife unwell; tarried there ys night, Sally Bolton allso. at Georg Boltons  
7 1
Cloudy morn, Clear aftern. I went to Son Pollards, Slept there. my Dagt & I went in to See mrs Woodward, find her & inft Cleverly. Nucomb, from Jail, bound home. at Ditoes & Son Pollards &c.  
8 2
Clear. I left Son Pollards, Calld at mr Bollons, his wife more unwell; wisht me not to go home, and I tarried. at mr Bollons.  
9 3
Birth Georg Boltons Dagt.
Clear. my Patienl safe Deld at 2h morn of her first born, a Dagt. I left them Cleverly at 8/ arivd at home safe. Polly went to mr Gills. I gatherd 2 quarts Curents. Dagt Ballard [sic]. at Ditoes. Birth 9th.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.