Martha Ballard's Diary, March 1 - 7, 1806

1 7
Clear and Cold. mr Ballard went to Son Lambds and brot his new Great Coat home. Dagt Pollard, Rhoda and Thomas Came and tarrie here all night. I have been weler than I was yesterday for which mercy I wish to be treuly thankful. at home. Dagt Pollard & 2 Childn Sleep here.  
2 1
Clear and Cold. Cyrus Came home, he has a Cold and did not go to meeting. his Father went. Son Jona Sent for us all to go and Dine with him. mr Trask & wife there, mrs Gill allso. at Son Jonas.  
3 2
Clear and Cold. I have done Some washing. mr Smith hauld us 2 loads wood. Lefaet 2, Ephm on a hors Slead. Wm Cypher Chopt in the woods. I washt my kitchen after my husband went to Bed. he Calld to See Capt Stone ys aftern, he is Sick. at home. we had wood hauld. I have washt Some.  
4 3
Cloudy part of ye day. mr Ballard went to Saml Cumings mill, bot _ bsl rie & 1 qt milk; had _ Busl indien ground. he Calld at Capt Stones, finds him no better. mrs Andrews Sent for herbs. Bracket is Sick. at home.  
5 4
Clear Part of ye day and Cold. I have Bakt brown Bread, 16 lb indien & 9 Do of rie meal. Betsy Andrews had 2 qts Soap, paid 4d _. Sent for me to go and See her Brother, I Could not go. mr Ballard went, finds him Some Easier. at home, Bakt Brown bread.  
6 5
Clear and Cold. I have washt Some and done other work, brot 7 pails water. feel not So wel at Evng as I could wish. we hear that mr Wiman & Son Jona were Calld to Capt Stones ys morn about day, it was thought he was Expireing. hear aftern he was alive. at home, washt Some. mrs Heartwel St me [1 lb Buller].  
7 6
Clear and not So Cold. I have been mendind my husbands mits and other Sewing. hear Capt Stone is better. mrs Heartwel was here, her little girl allso. mr Ballard been below, Bot _ Gln rhum, 1 qt Ginn, 1 Galn molases. at [home]. mrs Htwl here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.