Martha Ballard's Diary, April 25 - May 5, 1805

25 5
Clear Except Some Showers. I have done Some washing and Nurst the Babe. Martha past 3 worms. Shee has been unwel all day. mrs Pierce and Child Dind and took Tea here. mrs Wiman made [us] a visit. at home. mrs Wiman here.  
26 6
Clear part of ye day, raind aftern. I have Nurst Some, workt Some in ye door yard, Cleand the Chambers and washt Some. it is 9 weaks and 4 days Since I Saw my husband, but hear he is wel for which I wd Bless God. at home, had one of my [weak] turns.  
27 7
Clear. I went to Son Ephms, find them as well as they have lately been, tarry ys night. at Son Ephms.  
28 1
Clear. I went to meeting, mr Parker performd. Dagt B. and Sally to meeting. Polly Goodin Came to Son Jonas. at meeting & at Ephmss
29 2
rainy. I have been at Son Ephms. at Son Ephms.  
30 3
raind Part of ye Day. mr Ballard, mrs Farewel and my Self to Tea at mr Hamlins. at Ditoes & mr Hamlins.  
1 4
Clear. mrs Farewel and I went to Son Lambds, tarrie all night. wido Savage there aftern. at son Lambds.  
2 5
Clear. mrs Farewel and I Came from Lambds. Fanny Bell Murfy left there. Shee receivd all the wages that was her Due. Dolly L. is not very wel, ye Babe is better. I was Calld to Saml Braleys wife in Travil, was much fatagued with my hors on the way. at Ditoes and at S. Braleys.  
3 6
Birth Saml Braleys 3d Son & 5th Child.
Clear. mrs Braley was Deld at 3h morn of her 3d Son and 5th Child. I left them Comfortable and Came to Son Pollards at 7, find that he had ye misfortuin to break one of his ribs yesterday. I Calld at mr Bracketts and Towns, find mrs Town a little better. Son Ephms wife here. at Ditoes. Birth 4th.  
4 7
Clear part of the Day. I have washt and Cleand Door yard. mrs Pierce Dind and Son Ephm Came and took Curent Bushes out of my Gardin. I feel Some fatagued this night. we had Thunder at Evng. at home. mrs Pierce and her Childn here.  
5 1
raind. I set out to go to meeting, met Sones returning and I returnd home. it is Communion. A mr Hobby Drowned at the mile rock. at home. mr Hobby Drowned.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.