Martha Ballard's Diary, April 17 - 24, 1805

17 4
Clear and pleast. I have been at home, knit Some and did other matters. put up gardin Seeds for Sons Town and Lambd. mrs Pierce took Tea here. at home. mrs Pierce here.  
18 5
Clear and Pleast but windy. I have Done Part of my washing. mrss Cleark & mrss Pierce Dind here. at home. mrs Cleark & Pierce here.  
19 6
Birth Son Jonas 6th Son.
Clear. I was Calld up at 1h ys morn. Son Jonas wife in Labour. Shee was Safe Deld at 2 of her 6th son and 9th Child. I have assisted a little about Nursing and finisht my washing. mrss Andrus, Wiman, Cleark and Pierce were here as assistances. the Patients have been Comfortable thro the Day. at home. Birth 3d
20 7
Cloudy and Some rain. Jona is gone to Winslow. his wife has not been So well as Shee Seemd yesterday. the infant much woried with wind. I made use of means which gave it relief. mrss Pierce has spent the day with my Dagt. Shee Seems more Comfortable this Evng. Wilm Trask Sleeps here. at home. my Dagt and the infant have not been so wel as I Could wish.  
21 1
Clear part of ye day. I have been at home. mr Pierce Dind and took Tea. at home.  
22 2
raind. mrs Pierce Dind and took Tea. I have been at home, nurst ye Babe. at home.  
23 3
Clear part of ye Day. I have Cleand a Calvs head and feet & harslet. mrs Pierce took Tea here. Saml Pierce and his [son] Luthar Slept here last night and [Sett] out for home. Son Jona returnd from winslow. Martha past 7 worms. at home. mr Saml Pierce killd A Calf for Son Jona. 
24 4
Clear part of ye Day. I have finisht A pair of hoes for Jonas wife and done other matters. Martha been unwel. [at home. raind at night].  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.