Martha Ballard's Diary, November 27 - December 3, 1803

[27] 1
Clear. mr Ballard and Son Ephn attendd Meeting. Sons Jona, Lambard and yr wives Supt here on a roast pigg. little Barny Sleeps here. at home.  
28 2
Clear Part of the day and Cold. mr Ballard workt at the Shop foren, went aftn to ye Settlement. he found Wilm Cypher in the road very much intoxocated with Liqur. he, with ye help of mr Ands & Smith, got him to mr Andruss. I have done my hous work, Rachel washt. we mended a pair Small Cloaths for mr Balld at Evng. Lindy & Hannah here. at home.  
29 3
Clear part of ye day. mr Ballard at the Shop mending Slead. I have helpt do ye hous work. Hannah, Sabery, Sally, Le faell & Wm here to see Barny. Dagt Ballard and mrs Getchel here at Evng. we have Bakt apple Pies. at home.  
30 4
Clear part of ys day. I have been at home. we Bakt 2 oven fulls Pies, washt the floors &C. Gidion Barton Dind here, Says his father is Better; the rest of the famely are wel. at home. Son Ephm Sleeps here, he is not very wel.  
1 5
very rainy the most of the day. mr Ballard only of our famely at meeting, it is our yearly Thanksgiving. we roasted a goos, boild Beef, Pork and fowls for Diner. at home.  
2 6
Clear Part of the day and Colder. Son & Dagt Ballard, part of their Childn, mrs Getchel and Bhillip Bullin Dind here. Rachel & Joana Smith to Tea. mr Mathews here at Evng for pills for Lynda Gitchel, Shee is very ill, he says. at home. P. Bullin here, he was Joind in wedlock yesterd with mrs Thustin.  
3 7
Clear and Cold. I went to Son Jonas about noon to See Linda Gitchel, find her very unwell. I gave her 2 Tea spunfuls of Stotins Elixr in swetened water. Shee Seemd better Soon. I returnd at 4. Allin Lambd and Ephm Ballard, Son Ephm & Lathrop Sleep here. at my Sons, he had 4 Swine Butchered.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.