Martha Ballard's Diary, May 11 - 19, 1804

11 6
Clear. I went to Lecture, wrode Son Ephms Mare. at Lectur.  
12 7
Clear. I felt unwel but Joanna went home aftern. EZra Town Sleeps here, his Fathers famely are wel. at home. EZra Town Sleeps here.  
13 1
Clear. we all attended worship at the meeting hous Except Lathrop. it was Communion day. EZra Town Sleeps here ys night. I was at mr Pittss at intermition. Shee informd me of an infants being found in a pond in Winthrop. at meeting. Communion day. EZra Sleeps here.  
14 2
Clear. I have been at home, planted Cucumbers and pumkin Seed. feel fatagud. Joanna returnd forenoon. Dagt Ballard was here, Shee is feeble yet. at home. Dagt Ballard here.  
15 3
raind ys morn, Cloudy most of ye day. I have been Cuting Coverled raggs. Joanna Sewing them and doing hous work. Charlotte Brown Calld here. Son Ephm finisht his jobb of wk at the School house. at home.  
16 4
Clear and Cool wind. I have workt out doors and helpt do ye washing. am very unwel at night with a Severe pain in my left legg, applyd Burdock leavs. at home.  
17 5
Clear. I feel very unwel ys morn but have pickt Chips and done many other matters and knitt some. Dagt Ballard and Sally dind here, we had a Loin of roast Veal. Ephm to work for mr Voce. my Husband has this day seen 79 revolutions of the Sun, he has ended this and began the 80 year of his age in Augusta jail. at home. Dagt Ballard Dind here. my husband has seen 79 years ys day.  
18 6
Clear. I have been at home, workt in my gardin and knit and Bakt. Joanna has helpt do hous work, irond & mend hoes. Shee helpt me Clean the Sellar. at home.  
19 7
Clear. I have helpt Joanna Clean my Chambers and Schold Cyruss Bedstead. Shee left me ys aftern. at home. Joanna went home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.