Martha Ballard's Diary, July 13 - 18, 1806

13 1
Clear. I have been at home. mr Balld & Cyrus to meeting. Son Jona, Luke Barton & Le faett Supt with us. mr Purington Supt here. he & James Sleep here. Ephm Leighton, his wife and another Man & woman Calld in, mrs Evans allso. Revd mr Stone Descoarst from, for & aftrd, 2 kings VIII C 13th V. foren mr Purington & James Supt here and Slept here. at home, feel very feeble.  
14 2
Clear. mr Purington & James took Breakfast and left here Bound for Bodinham. Sally church Came and Did a Wash for me. we paid her 3s, her Demand was 2 & 6d. I Churnd after Shee went from here and made a Chees, had 3_ lb Butter. at home. Sally Ch washt [for me].  
15 3
Clear Except a Shower towards night. I have Done my hous work and Some in my gardin, and went to Son Jonas. find Martha Purington in a Low Situation. Old mr Clefford there. I feel very feeble but have put a Barril of water to my plants. at Son Jonas to See M. Purington who I find very Low.  
16 4
Clear. I have felt very feeble but have had to Do my hous work & ironing. mrs Wiman here for greens, meriah for Lettuce, Lucy Shaw for Spearment &C. Ephm, H. S. & M. & mr Ballard Eat something. mrs Clifford after water, says Martha is much as Shee has been. at home. mr Balld been down to Secure Some Boards.  
17 5
Clear. I have workt Some in my gdn & done hous work. mr Ballard to See about Boards to fens his Corn field. at home.  
18 6
Clear & warm. I have done hous work, Bakt bn & flower Bread. mr Ballard had his Boards hauld. mr Soal brot [1] load Jason Pierces, he Dind here. mr Heartwel Butcherd a Lamb. at home. Dagt B., mrs Cleark & [Paringt] here. 

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.