Martha Ballard's Diary, January 20 - 26, 1806

20 2
[Snowd]. I have been at home. mr Ballard been down to mr Bridges ofice. mr Saml Cumings Came for Son Cyrus to go and tend his mill. at home.  
21 3
Clear. mr Ballard down below again. he bot me 15 oz Snuff, gave 3/9d for it. Cyrus Sett out for mr Cumingses at 3h 20m. he had been to Son Lambards before and brot home his new Black Coat & pair of Drawers. I have mended him a pr Buskins & pr mitts. at home. we Slept in ye Bed room.  
22 4
Clear part of the day, Cloudy at night. I have put my Bed in to ye Bed room, Corkt the Cracks and hung up sheets to make the rooms more Comfortable. knit in the Evning. at home.  
23 5
A Severe Snow Storm. I have Done my hous work and mended & knit Some. my husband Sett out to go to ye Settlement, went as far as Son Jonas and returnd. at home.  
24 6
Stormd ye most of ye day. my husband went to Son Jonas twice, Broke to ye Barn watering place & to the wood Lott. Shoveled to the wel, out hous, Cut wood, &C. I have Done Some washing. Son Jona Came here. at home. mr Parmer Expired ys night.  
25 7
Clear. I, after doing my hous work, went on a hors Slead to son Jona s where we partook of an Elegant Diner. Dagt Pollard, Son Lambd and wife, Son Ephm & wife were there. Dagt Pollard, Sally & Thos Came home with me. Sleep here. at Son Jonas.  
26 1
Clear. I have been at home. Son & Dagt Pollard, Sally, Saml & Thos Dind here. mr Ballard to meeting. Cyrus at home to Dine. funeral of mr Parmer. at home. Dagt Pollard went [home].  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.