Martha Ballard's Diary, February 12 - 17, 1808

12 6
Clear foren. Rufas Ballard, his wife, their Son John & Daugt Sarah Dind here. I have been boiling Bones for Soap, have done my hous work and knit Some. Jona and William Sleep here. at home [    ]. Rufas Ballard & wife here. Death of a Child, Augusta.  
13 7
Clear and pleast. I have Bakt white & Brown Bread, done my other work, put my Soap work out of ye kettle &C, knit Some. Cyrus Came home, Jona & Wm Sleep here. mr Soal brot wood. the remains of Old Lady White of Hallowell were interd ys day. mrs Mathews, Daugt of mr Beriah Ingerham, Expired this day. mr Ballard to ye Settlement, had 2 lb Sugar of Duttun, _ lb Shushn Tea of magr Howard and 13 oz Candles of Son Lambd. at home, done various kinds work. Funeral [Old mrs] White. Death mrs Mathas.  
14 1
Snowd. mr Ballard & Cyrus to meeting. Revd mr Cushman performd from Genesis 44 C 24th vers, See that ye fall not out by ye way. Son Cyrus Sleeps here. it Snowd all night. at home.  
15 2
Cloudy morn, Sun Shone at 9h morn. wind & Snow blew aftern. I have done Some washing & knit Some. Gidion Barton and Sally Pierce here. at home, mr Soal Sleeps here.  
16 3
Clear, Cold and windy. I have done my hous wk, ironed & knit. mr Soal Sleeps here. the remains of mrs Mathews interd aftern. at home. Funeral mrs Mathews.  
17 4
Clear, very Cold & windy. I have been doing hous work and knit Some. at home. [Death Edwd Springer].  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.