Martha Ballard's Diary, July 30 - August 2, 1806

30 4
Cloudy & Some rain. Martha Purington Expired at 3h ys morn. I have been very unwel but have had to Bake and do my other work. Danl Savage, his wife, mrs Swanton & William & mrss Webber here for Cherrys & Curents. they gave me 2s and 3d. mrs Savage brot me [3-2/1]lb Salmon. at home. People here for fruit.  
31 5
Cloudy & rain. I have felt very unwel but went to Son Jonas to See ye Corps of Mata Purington. Patty Town went and helpt my Dagt Sew. mr Purington & Son took Supper and Lodging here. Patty Slept up Chambr. at Son Jonas.  
1 6
Clear Part of ye day. mr Purington took Breakfast. they & mr Cleford, Getchel, and a young man who livs with mr Getchel, Dind. Dagt Pollard and Patty & Jona B. Junr dind also. we all attended ye funeral of Martha Purington. mr Merrit Discoarsed from Job 1st C 20-21 verss, Then Job arose [and] rent his mantle and Shaved his head and fell down upon the Ground and worshiped and Said, Naked Caim I out of my Mothers womb and Naked Shall I return thither. the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away and. Blessed be the name of the Lord. I attended the funeral of Martha Puringtn who Came to her End by the Wounds which her Father gave her. Oh the Dreadful Scien [       d].  
2 7
Cloudy & rain. Patty Town did Some washing for me. I have been at home but feel very feeble. Allin Lambd Came here. he & Ephm 3d Sleep here. at home. Allin Lambad Came here. he & Ephm Sleep here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.