Martha Ballard's Diary, November 20 - 26, 1803

20 1
Clear and cold. mr Ballard to meeting. Son Jona, his wife, mrs Getchel, Jack, Le faell & Marthe Lathrop & Burr Supt here. we had roast pigg. Cyrus and Rachel Town Spent Evng at Son Jonas. at home. my Son & part of his faMely here.  
21 2
Cloudy foren, raind aftn. Son Ephm Dind here. Rachel did part of the washing, I hous work and Some other matters. at home. Ephm here at noon.  
22 3
Clear part of the day. mr Ballard over the river to Call for Parish taxes. I went to help mrs Dany quilt. Dagt Ballard & Sist, Betsy Ands, Joe & Betsy Smith were there. I fold Cloaths and ironed part of them at Evng. at mr Danys. Son Jona Sent us a Goose.  
23 4
Clear. mr Ballard mending Slead at the Shop. Rachel went at 9h 30m to help mrs Dany quillt. Son Pollard brot my Cloath home, 30-2/1 yds, and ye blanket I lent Lydia Nud. Cyrus was in the Settlement, Saw Son Town. he gave him 5 goos wings to bring to me. I have done my hous work and finisht ironing. at home. I gave him an order on Georg Bolton for 9/.  
24 5
Cloudy and Some Snow. Rachel went fore n to help mrs Dany. I went aft Dinner, tarried till Evng. we got the Squars nearly struck out by quilting them. at mr Danys, Rachel allso, and Dagt Ballard.  
25 6
Clear. mr Lambard & Son Jona Butchered 2 piggs for us. 1 wd 22_, the other 21 lb. Rachel went to help mrs Smith quillt a Bed quillt. I have been at home, Cyrus to hallowell for rie. he bot 2 yds Cotten & linen @ 3/ pr yd. at home, Rachel to quilting.  
26 7
Clear part of ye day. we have Bakt Brown & white bread, Apple & Pumkin Pies. Cyrus went to Son Lambards, Carried them a pigg to roast, borrowd 3 lb hogg lard. mr Ballard after taxes. at home. we Bakt. Son Ephm here at night.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.