Martha Ballard's Diary, April 17 - 23, 1807

17 6
Clear part of ye day, Cloudy at Evng, the wind S. I have been rakeing Chips. finisht Clarifying the grees & Bones for Soap and part did my washing. at home makeing Soap.  
18 7
Cloudy. I have Sett up a Leach and hung my Soap on to boil and done my washing. Ephm & Wm Sleep here. at home, washing & makeing Soap.  
19 1
Cloudy foren, Clear aftern. mr Ballard and Son Cyrus to meeting. Revd mr Stone Discoarst from 1 Cron 28 Chap 9th vers. Son Jona in here after meeting. Allin Lambd Came in to See us ys morn. Jona and Wm Sleep here. I put my Soap out of ye kettle into the Barril. at home. Death of mrs Petingail.  
20 2
Cloudy. Rheubin workt here this aftern. I went lo Son Jonas, took Tea with her. her husband not at home. at Son Jonas. [and] Sowd Turnips & [Lentens].  
21 3
Clear part of ye Day. I have washt my Buttery and done my other wk. Ephm & Wilm Sleep here, informd me it was feard yt Daniel Savage was Drownd. I was Calld at 10h Evng to See Son Jonas wife who is unwel. was Calld at 10h Evng to Son Jonas, mrs Woodwd Came allso. we went to Bed, Slept some.  
22 4
Clear part of the day. I Came home, did my hous work and ironing and went to Son Jonas, find his wife much as Shee was ys morn. mrs Woodwd & I went to Bed at 11h Evn. at Son Jonas. Funeral Benn Petinglswife.  
23 5
Birth Son Jonas 7th Son.
Cloudy. I was Calld up at 2h 30m. my Daught was ill, her women Calld in and Shee was Safe Deld at 5h 30m ys morn of her 7th Son and 10 Child. Shee Seems as wel as we Could Expect and I Came [home] about 10 hours ys morn. at Son Jonas. Birth 8th. Shee had an ill turn aftern. I went and tarried at night.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.