Martha Ballard's Diary, October 25 - 27, 1804
Clear. I have been geting wood and fatagued much to do it. I broke
old loggs with an Old hough and brot in the pieces in a baskett,
and O how fatagued I was. Doct Howard Calld to See mrs Farewel.
Sally was at Son Jonas on a visit. Shee [informd] me at
Evng that my Son was Delermennd to Come in to this hous within a
fortnit and that I might tarrie here [or] go and liv in their hous
and See how good it was to bring water from this wel. O thou
Parent of ye universe, Cutt Short thine
aflictions and Sufer me thine unworthy hand maid to See Some Comfort
before I go hence.
at home, falagueing very much. I began to wash
after 9h Evng and washt my Cloaths in 2 waters.
Clear part of ye day. I have been giting wood and finishing
my wash that I began last night after 9h Evng. Son Jonas
wife here to Spin thread. I Brot a Burthen of Bark
after Sun Sett which took me 300 & 50 Steps. O thal I might
Snowd. I have had to go out to feed my Swine, milk my Cow, get in
the wood, &C, A mr Spaldin who livs with Son Lambd Calld in
and got Stakes out of ye snow for me to keep a fire
Source: www.doHistory.org. Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.