Martha Ballard's Diary, January 25 - 30, 1804

25 4
Clear and pleasant to what we have had. I have done my hous work, Brot in Snow to melt to tend my Leach and many other matters. Cyrus has been to See his Father, finds him well. Son Jonas man brot us a Load of wood. I wish to retain my reason if it be the wil of the great Parent of ye univirse. at home. Some what Disconposed in my mind.  
26 5
Clear and more pleast. mr Waid Came and Butchered our Swine. I have done my work. Dagt Ballad and mrs Smith here to Tea. Cyrus _ Bushel Salt of Thos Pitts, did not pay for it. at home. mr Waid informd that CaptLittlefield was Dead; Hartson Cony allso Dead.  
27 6
Clear and prity Cold. I have done my work tho not able to Sett up all day. Jona Came and Cut my Pork and I Salted it. his wife & 3 Childn gone to Sydney. Jack [returned] in the night, mrs Getchel with him. at home.  
28 7
Clear part of ye day, Snowd before night. Cyrus went to Carrie his Fathers Clean Cloaths. mrs Farewel Calld to See me. Heman Burr Sleeps here, informs me that Son Pollards Babe is unwell. at home. mrs Farewel Calld to See me.  
29 1
Snowd. we have not been to meeting. Son Jona to Sydny, Ephm and Burr Dind, and Burr Sleeps here. at home.  
30 2
Clear part of ys day. I have been at home. Ephm took Break fast here. at home. Burr went down [below].  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.