Martha Ballard's Diary, March 15 - 19, 1807

15 1
Clear. we were informd about 10h ye morn that our friend Charls Gill had Cutt his Throat with a Shave in So horrable a manner that no hopes of his life remains. may God of his infinite goodness Support his wife and all Connections in this dreadful tryal. I went to his hous about 1 O Clock, found he was Expired. he had his Senses & wrote Some lines. mrs Gills Tryal is allmost insupportable. at mrs Gills, her Husband Cut his Throat with a Shave this morn. the Sleigh oversett and hurt my face.  
16 2
Clear and Cold. I tarried with mrs Gill till aftern when I returnd home. brot Baray & Lucy Lambd home with me. at Ditoes. [Gramr] School [hs] Consumed by fire.  
17 3
Clear and Cool. Son Cyrus Came home, his Father & he & Allin Lambd attended funeral. I did not feel able to attend my Self. Cyrus Sleeps here. at home. Funeral of mr Gill.  
18 4
Clear part of ye day. Son Lambds Childn went to Son Jonas after Breakfast, returnd at Evng. Wilm Pierce and mrs Wiman took Coffee with us. mr Heartwel informd me that Benn Petty was dead, his death was ocationed by Nathl Dinglys Strikeing him with an adds. what are we Cuming to in this Eastern world. at home. mrs Wiman & Wilm Pierce here, Saml Parkers wife to Borrow Potatoes.  
19 5
Clear. I have been at home. Son Jona, Wm Pierce, H. Getchel, H. Balllard been here. at home. [Son Jona Got us wood.]  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.