Martha Ballard's Diary, March 20 - 23, 1807

20 6
Clear and Cool. I have been at home. Allin, Barny, Lucy, Ephm and William Sleep here. I have done my hous work and knit Some. mrs Gilbard here. I have felt quite unwel . my husband has a bad Cold. at home.  
21 7
Clear and not so Cold. mr Lambard here to Breakfast, he wishes us to keep his Childn till he removs this Side ye rever which he Expects will take Place next weak. I have washt and Brewd, brot 8 pails water. Son Cyrus Came here ys aftern. I have been very unwel this night. Cyrus got up before Day to nurs me. at home.  
22 1
Clear foren, Cloudy aftern. I have felt very unwel. mrs Gilbard Came and Spent aftern with me, made my Bed and Cookt Some Supper. Exra Town and Son Ephm took Supper here.Soffy is unwel. at home. Saml Cumingss wife has Lost a Sister, Nthls wife a Brother.  
23 2
Clear. Allin Lambd went home. Daugt Ballard took with us, her husband Dind. mr Soal and Rhuben Breakfasted & Dind. they got wood for us. Wilm Balld & Barny Lambd Sleep & supt here. I have been at home, Done my hous work. at home. I Desire to bless God, I am more Comfortable than I was yesterday.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.