Martha Ballard's Diary, December 13 - 18, 1805

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Clear. [                                   ]. Rosanna Cottle who is living with Son Jona has had fitts the night past. Cyrus went to mr Ketons and bot [1]1/3 Bushel wheat. he was at Son Pollard, Shee Sent me 14 lb Pork, 1_Do Lard and Sausages 2 lb for which I giv her thanks. mrs Purington made me a visit. mr Hartwell Came with his famely [                ] hous. he Came here for fire. mrs Purington here. Rosana Cottle had fitts last night.  
14 7
Cloudy part of ye day. my husband & I rose at 6h ys morn. I have done my ironing and hous work, feel feeble. mr Hartwels Child here for milk, he for meal. I lent him Some. Cyrus went to mill with our wheat and a Bushel of indien which he got [  olted]. at home.  
15 1
Clear Part of the Day. mr Ballard to meeting. mr Stone Discoarst fm John 6 C V 27. Dagt [Lambd and] Allin Came [             ] brot me 8 lb flower. [                        ]. mr Grey Preached in ye School hous. at home. Son Ephms wife is Mending.  
16 2
Clear and moderate. mr Smith here Carting wood. Wm Cypher Cuting. I have Bakt flower Bread and done other work. mrs Hartwell here to Borrow a Tub, ye Dagt had 1 quart Soap, he had 3 lb indien flower Saterdy night. at home. we had wood Cutt and Carted.  
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[      ] and pleast. I have done my [    ] work & some mending. W. Cypher [  ] thee garden. mr Ballard been down [          ] Bushl rie & Do of Salt. at home. mrs Hartwel here ys morn.  
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[      ] mr Ballard & Cyrus went to Town [        ]. Ezra Town Came home with [           ] Sleeps here. I have done my [        ]. at home. Ezra Town [here].  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.