Martha Ballard's Diary, April 20 - 26, 1804

20 6
Clear and very pleast. I workt in my Gardin part of ye day Cuting the old fence. Dagt Ballard Came here, mrs Smith Calld in on business with her. we Dind on a loin of roast Veal. mrss Andrews spint aftern here. at home. Dagt Ballard, mrss Smith & mrss Ands here.  
21 7
Clear. I have been at home, workt in my Gardin the most of the day. mrs Farewel Calld here, we [have] Brewd. at home. mrs Farewl Calld here.  
22 1
Cloudy morn, began to rain at 11h morn. mrs Farewel Came from my Sons where Shee tarried last night, is all ys night here. a Severe Storm. Heman to N. parish, tarries all night. Leml to our meeting, Lathrop waetcht with J. Woodwd tast night. at home. mrs Farewel here.  
23 2
The Storm abated foren. mrs Farewel went home after breakfast. very stormy at night. I do not feel very well, have Sorted Beens and doubled yarn. at home. Mrs Farewel went home.  
24 3
Cloudy and rain. I have been at home, finisht a pair Tow & Cottne hoes for son Cyrus and began another. Son Ephm been to ye Settlement, informs me the freshet is So high that the water is Swiming deep ouer ye mill brook Bridg. at home.  
25 4
Clear morn, Cloudy the most of this day. I have removd Catnip roots, Set some french Turnips. Ephm brot 2 new Cottne [ ] Shirts for Heman, Sally washt. at home, workt in the gardin Some.  
26 5
raind. I have been at home kniting. Joanna did hous work and went to my Sons to lwist Yarn on my wheal. at home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.