Martha Ballard's Diary, March 10 - 15, 1805

10 1
Cloudy and Colder. Jona, his wife and Wilm went to son Pollards. I have had the head aik. my husband Sent me 1 qt Gin, [] 2lb Butter. at [home]. Jona [&] wife to Pollards.  
11 2
Cloudy. I have been mending A Coat for my Husband. Jona is Gone to Town meeting. his wife went to Jasons, 2 of his Childn scolt. at home. mrs Piercess Childn Scolt.  
12 3
Clear Part of ye Day. I have finisht mending A Coat for my husband. Jona Ballard brot ye news of ye Death of ye widdo Hewens. shee Expired at 4h Pm. at home. mrs Hewin Expired at 4h Pm.  
13 4
Clear and Colder. I have been mending a waistcoat for son Cyrus and made Some Salv, went and drest Henry Peirces Burn. made Some pockett hand kerchiefs at Evning. Jona Ballard Junr informd that mr Thos Pittss Father was dead. at mr Pierces. hear of A Death [otha] Hammond. Death.  
14 5
X. Birth Saml Babcocks 3d, Second Son. XX.
Cloudy part of ye Day. I was Calld at 9h ys morn to see the wife of Saml Babcok 3d. Shee was Deld at 11 of her 2nd Son by him. I left them Comfortable and returnd home about sunsett. find Dagt Pollard, her Babe & Dagt Dolly here. the remains of the widdo Hewen were interd ys aftern. at mr Babcocks. Birth 2nd. Funeral wido Hewin. receivd 9/ June 3d
15 6
Clear morn. mr Lambard Sent Joseph S. Spaldin for Dagt Pollard. Shee and Childn went. Dagt Ballard, Le faett and martha went to mr Babcocks. EbenZ Trask and wife Dind here and Sett out for mr Bs. I went to mr Pierces, helpt Dress the Childs Burns. Came home, finisht [washing]. at mr Pierces. mr Trask and wife here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.