Martha Ballard's Diary, April 13 - 19, 1804

13 6
Clear part of ye day. I have been at home, mended mr Ballards Velvet Breaches and done Some matters about hous, feel fatagued. at home.  
14 7
Clear part of ys day. I have been at home, done Some hous work, Some mending and removd some of ye Banking from ye house. Cleand the hen house. Joanna went to her fathers aftern. Hannah, Sally, Martha, Ephm [&] [Wilm] here. at home. Joa went home aftern.  
15 1
Clear. Heman and Lemuel to hear mr Stone, Lathrop to hear mr Fogg. Joanna to the School hous East side. I have done my work, feel falagued. at home. Joa returnd at Dusk.  
16 2
Clear part of ye day, raind aftern. A very Clear Evng. I have been at home. Saml Clearks wife here forn, Sally Farewel aftern. I have sett Cabage Stumps & Turnips, Sowd Pepper grass and Leutice and removd Banking from ye house and knit Some. I made Nutt Cakes for Supper. at home, done various Sorts of work.  
17 3
Clear foren, frosty morn, Cloudy aftern. I helpt Joa wash and went to my Sons, find his wife feeble and Martha Sick with a pain in her Ear. Le faett is Better. Son Ephm been hewing timber in the woods. I Sent Dinner for him, Leml and 2 others. at son Jonas, his wife and [Matha] unwell.  
18 4
Clear. [w ] Sent Dinner to Ephm & 5 men. I have fatagued to heat my oven for want of wood Sutable. at home.  
19 5
Clear. I have gathered Chips S. side of my Gardin, broke the old logg fence to pieces and kept fire to do my work. Mercy here to Bake for my Sons famely. Shee spun thread, Doubled and twisted it. I feel very much fatagued with the wk I have done. at home. 4 of [my] Sons ChildnDine here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.