Martha Ballard's Diary, September 8 - 21, 1803

8 5
Clear. I have Bakt for mr Purington & Pumkin pies for my Self, done my hous wk. at home.  
9 6
Clear and warm. I have done my hous wk and gatherd my String Peas. mrs Dany made me a visit. Fanny & Hannah Sleep here. at home. mrs Dany here.  
10 7
Clear. Dagts Lambd & Ballard Dind here, their husbands to Tea. S. Pollard, H. Ballard, Son Ephm, Lathrop & Burr Sleep here I have Bakt for mr Purington & my Self. at home. Dagt Lambd here.  
11 1
Clear. I have been unwell. Dagt Ballard & part of her Childn here. my son Jona, Ephm and Lambd to Pollards, Lathp to winthrop. at home.  
12 2
Clear. I have done my work but very unable. Dagt Ballard to Tea, the Childn allso. Sn Ephm Sleeps here. at home.  
13 3
Clear and very Pleast. the reviw at Hallowell this day. I have done my work, took Tea at son Jonas. at my Sons.  
14 4
Clear. have been very unwell but have it to bear alone, & my work to do. at home.  
15 5
Clear fore n. Sally Church washt for me. mrs Page and Dagt Ballard here. we Bakt for mr Purington. H. B. & S. P. here to Tea. I feel more Comfortable for wich I wish to thank God. at home.  
16 6
Clear. I have done my work. at home.  
17 7
Clear. I Scoured my N room floor and did my other work. at home.  
18 1
Clear. I was Calld at Evng to Savage Boltons. I got some Sleep. at Savage Boltons.  
19 2
Birth Savage Boltons Dagt.
Clear. mrs Bolton Safe Deld at 3h Pm of her 5 Dagt and 11th Child. I left them Comfortable, Came to Son Pollards and Sleep there. at Detoes. Birth 12th.  
20 3
Clear. I returnd home, did work in the hous & Gardin. Dagt Ballard & mrs Crocket here. mr Benet took Ephms Coalt to keep. at Son Pollard.  
21 4
Clear. I have gatherd Beens, done hous work, was informd my husband was wel ye 19th inst. at home. heard my husband was wel 19th inst.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.