Martha Ballard's Diary, April 6 - 12, 1804

6 6
Clear foren, Cloudy aftern. Rachel & Joanna Smith here on a visit. My washing was done ys day. I finisht a pair hoes for my husband. [at home, had Compy.]  
7 7
A Storm of rain and Snow. Jonna did hous work, ironed and spun some. I began a Stockin for Son Cyrus. Son Ephm Sent his Mare to Sydney to be kept. at home, began a Stockin.  
8 1
Clear. Lemuel and Jack Ballard went to meeting to ye uper parsh. Called to See Joseph Woodward, find him insane. I have been at home, Joanna went to Son Jonas. at home.  
9 2
Clear and warm. I have felt not So well as I Could wish. mrs Farewel Calld and took Tea with me. Son Ephm been down to ye Settlement, he Sleeps here this night. at home. mrs Farewel here.  
10 3
Clear and very pleast. Joanna washt. I have done some work in my Gardin but what pain I have had in my feet and leggs this aftern. at home. workt Some in my Gardin.  
11 4
Clear. I have been at home, helpt do ye hous work & knitt Some. we Bakt. Mercy Badcock Bakt for my Sons famely. at home.  
12 5
Cloudy part of ys day. I have been helping do hous work. we brewd and have Soap in hand as ye hoops of ye Barril Sprung which made it necessary. I look the top hoop and put it to the bottom and so I made it do. it was not so when I had a husband with me. at home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.