Martha Ballard's Diary, March 3 - 10, 1804

3 7
Snowd. at home. mrs Town here. at home.  
4 1
Snowd. I have been at home. mrs [Getchel] here. Lydia been to [       ]. at home. Son Jona has seen 41 years.  
5 2
Snowd part of ye day. I have been at home. Ephm down to ye Selltement. at home.  
6 3
Clear and pleast. Lydia Nudd left me. Son Ephm brot his wife to See me. mrs Town did my washing and I did my hous work. A young Man by ye name of Shaw Came to work with my son Ephm. James Wengate & wife here. at home. mr Shaw Came to work with Son Ephm. Lydia Nudd left me.  
7 4
Clear and Cloudy by turns. I have been at home. Lydia Nudd Came for her Cloaths. Ephm Conducted mrs Town to mr Gills, his wife to son Jonas. at home. mrs Town went from here to mr Gills.  
8 5
Clear but windy. I have been at home, feel very unwell. Ephms wife assisterd me to do my hous work, her Marm & Sister Calld here. I roasted a Goos for Supper which Son Town gave me. at home. Cookt A Goos which Son Town Gave me 13th Jany.  
9 6
Clear. Son Cyrus went to Son Lambds on Business with him. Son Ephms wife helpt me do my work, went to her marms and returned. Son Jona here and Shavd his Bror Cyrus perhaps for the last time as he is going to leav us tomorrow. at home, am very weak and feeble. Ephms wife here,helpt me do my work.  
10 7
Clear and Pleast Sun. the paths hard frosen ys morn. Cyrus & Ephm Sett out at 2h morn for LincolnVill to Georg Ulmers Esqr. I have been very unwell. [Polly] Brewd and did the most of my work. Shaw & Burr got up all [the] wood. at home. Cyrus Sett out for [Lincolnvill] at 2h morn.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.