Martha Ballard's Diary, December 23 - 31, 1804

23 1
Clear part of the Day. Son Cyrus Came to Son Pollards. we Dind on a fine Turkey and he then Conducted me home. I find son Jonas famely had taken possesion of my hous. I was Calld to [se] Georg Boltons infant, it has a very Soar head. at son Pollards & Georg Boltons.  
24 2
A Snow Storm. Son Pollard Calld here, Says his wife is Cleaverly. Cyrus went to see his father, finds him Better than he has been. at home.  
25 3
Snowd. I have been at home, washt my room, feel very unwel. Jonas wife Came in to my room at Evng, gave me a Sharp reproof for doing my work. Shee is an inconsidarate or very impudent woman to treat me as Shee does. Cyrus been to Coart. at home.  
26 4
Clear and pleast. I have done my washing and had to receiv more of Jonas wives inpudent Language. I wish her to Show more maners and discretion or hold her peace for ye future. at home. Cyrus been to Coart.  
27 5
A very rainy day. I have irond and done other matters. Jonas wife made Soap. Shee has not been so noisy as Shee was two days past. Cyrus went down to Coart. at home.  
28 6
Clear. I have been at home. Cyrus down in town. at home.  
29 7
Clear part of ye day, a Snow Storm Came on at 4h pm. I have [Sheld] Corn. Cyrus been down below. at home. Jonas men went to the woods.  
30 1
Clear. I have been at home. Jona and wife to Saml Badcocks, Sally and Martha with them. Peirces Childn here. at home. Cyrus Sett out to [watervil].  
31 2
Clear and Cold. I have been puting things in order in my hous but feel very Gloomy. at home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.