Martha Ballard's Diary, July 10 - 12, 1806

10 5
Cloudy, raind aftern. my husband and I attended at the Sollom funeral of James Purington & his famely which he murdered. there was a Prayer made by Revd mr Stone, a Discoarse Delivd by A mr Taylor from Prov 25 C 28 V, he that hath no rule over his own Spirit is like a city broken down and with walls. there were a vast number of people attended, the performance was on a Stage which was Erected before the meeting hs. the houses near were Crouded, the Streat Crouded & ye tops of Buildings Covered with people. Said Puringtons remains were Lodged in the Porch with the ax & raisor which he made use of to Deprive his famely & him Silf of life were on his Coffin. his Dear wife & 6 Childns remains laid in the ally before the Boddy Pews. a Sollam specttacle to behold. may we all learn a profitable lesson from this Dreadful Scein and may it pleas the God that rules Sanctify this affliction to the Surviving retalives and to us all. the funeral proseeded from the meeting hous, went over kenebeck Bridg then turnd and went up the hill South and Down Second Street, turnd at the Jail & went to ye grave yard. he was intered without the [walls]. at the meeting hous to attend the funeral of Purington and famely.  
11 6
Clear. mr Purington, his 2 Daugts & James P. took Breakfast, he & James Dind, he & James Supt & Sleep here. mr Ballard been houghing Corn. I have Bakt wheat & bn Bread and Done other Matters. Old mr Babcock & mrs Wiman here. at home.  
12 7
Clear. I have Done my hous work, got Dinner for mr Parington, his Daught, James and 3 aprisers. then was allmost or rather quite giving up for a time. after I recovered a little was requested to go to my Sons where I receivd a pair of Sheets for 2 Do & 2 Shifts which I Carried to Lay out ye [Dead]. at Son Jonas. Martha P. is very Low.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.