Martha Ballard's Diary, December 4 - 10, 1806

4 5
Hail & snow. I have been at home, Bakt brown Bread & mins Pies, feel fatagued. Jona B. Junr and Wilm Sleep here, Supt allso. at home.  
5 6
Clear and pleast. Sally Cleark Came to finish mr Ballards Cloaths. Shee & Jona Sleep here. I was Calld at 10h Evng by mr Nason to go and See his wife who is in Labour. he Calld her women after midnight. mrs Smith & 2 Childn & Son Ephm Supt here. at mr Nasons at night. Warin Stone receivd mrs Farewels Cow that we had last year.  
6 7
X. Birth Abm Nasons 4th Daugt. XX.
Clear and pleast. mrs Nason was Safe Delivd at 3h 50m of her 4th Daugt and 6th Child. I left her & infant as wel as Could be Expected and reacht home about 9. have Done my work, washt a little, mended hoes for mr Ballard, ironed Some, &C. Wilm Sleeps here. mrs Cleak went from here to her Brothers. mrs Gillbard made me a present of an Oring, Some Cakes & Chees, her husband returnd from Boston yesterday. at mr Nasons. Birth 11th. receivd 9/ as a reward.  
7 1
Clear. mr Ballard & went to meeting aftern, he was unwel foren. Cyrus Cut us Some wood. Sons Jona, Ephm & Lambd with their wives spent Evning with us. Cyrus Sleeps here. at home. Part of our Childn here.  
8 2
Clear the most of ye day. I have Done my hous work and knit Some. Jona & Wilm Sleep here. the interment of the remains of mr Joshua Davis at Sydna was this day. at home. Funeral Joshua Davis of Sydna.  
9 3
Clear part of the day. I have been at home, did hous work, mended hoes and began to foot a pair. Jona & Wilm Sleep here. at home.  
10 4
Cloudy morn. mr Ballard Carried 1 Busl Corn to mr Cumingss. ye mill was up and he left it. it Snowd aftern. Betsy Andrus here, brot home a Shirt Shee had made for Son Cyrus and took the other to make. I am informd that Henry Pierce is very sick. at home. Betsy Ands here. Snowd aftern.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.