Martha Ballard's Diary, May 5 - 11, 1807

5 3
Clear till after 2 pm then Cloudy. I have been very ill with an uncommon pain in my right Side. mr Ballard been down to Judg [Norths] on busines. I have been alone, had to bring in Chips to keep a fire. mrs Nason Calld in to get Some Dock root for ye itch. at home, very unwel through the day & Night.  
6 4
Clear till after 1h pm then Cloudy. I am still visited with a Pain in my right Side, have taken Senna and feel a little Easier. it began to rain at 9h Evn, raind all night. at home, very unwel this day. Son Jona in to See me. mr Soal [brot] a twitch wood.  
7 5
rainy all day and night. Hannah Ballard and Dolly Lambard Came this morn, tarried all day and Night. William Sleeps here. very windy night. at home, very unwel. Hannah and Dolly here.  
8 6
Clear Part of ys day, Some Shours. mrs Parker Calld in. Betsy Andrus Came, spent aftern; Cookt some food and made my Bed. I feel a little Easier for which I wish to Bless God. at home, feel some Easier. Hannah & Dolly went away forenn.  
9 7
Clear part of ys day. I have done my hous work but feel very unfit. at home.  
10 1
Clear part of ye day. mr Ballard and Son Cyrus to meeting, the Sacrament was administred. mrs Gilbard Came here foren and tarried till near night. Sons Jona and Ephm and his wife Came in to see us. at home. Son Ephm & wife here. Funeral Capt John Gage ys Day.  
11 2
Clear part of ys day. I have done Some washing. mr Ballard & Cyrus to Town meeting. Old mrs Parker here for Seeds. mrs Wiman, Smith & Rachel here to Tea. mrs W. finisht my washing. at home, had Compy.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.