Martha Ballard's Diary, August 20 - 28, 1805

20 3
Clear and warm. I have been with Sister Pollard till near night. Shee has taken Phisick, Seemd Some Easier when I left her but not able to help her Self. Oliv Fletcher there to help take Care of her. at mr Blacks with Sist Pollard.  
21 4
Clear and warm. I have been Sheling mustard See. mr Ballard to Coart. Son Town Sleeps here, his famely well. at home. Son Town Sleeps here. mrs Gow Expired.  
22 5
Clear and very warm. mr Ballard to Coart. I have Done my hous work. at home.  
23 6
Clear after 10h morn. I have Done my washing. mr Ballard Down to ye Coart hous. at home, washt.  
24 7
Cloudy ye most of ye Day. I have done hous work, Gathered herbs. Dat Ballard went to Saml Babcocks. at home, hear mrs Pollard is better.  
25 1
Cloudy. I have been at home. mr Ballard to meeting. mr [Siers] took Supper here. Son Jonas wife Came home at Evning. at home.  
26 2
Cloudy. I have been at home, not well. at home.  
27 3
Cloudy morn, Clear afterwards. I have been at home, Cleand the Nh Chamber. mr Wiman helping mr Ballard lay a floor in ye Barn, he Breakfasted and Supt with us. mr Piers began to Dig a Sellar by the Shop for for [sic] Son Jona. he has men giting timber for a hous phraim. at home. mrs Gilbard to Jonas.  
28 4
Clear part of ye day. I have been at home. mr Ballard finisht the Barn floor. mrs Saunders visiting at Son Jonas. at home. mr Siers left here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.