Martha Ballard's Diary, April 6 - 11, 1808

6 4
Clear. Daugt Lambard washt. I have knit Some. Son Town Came here at Evng, Sleeps here. at home. Son Town Sleeps here.  
7 5
Clear. mr Ballard, Son Town and Cyrus, Allin & Barny to meeting. this day observd as a day of fasting & prayer in ye Common welth. Son Ephm & Isaac Farewel, Son Jona, his wife & Le faett, Martha & James took Tea here. at home, fast day. our Childn were part of ym here.  
8 6
Clear and Cold. I have been at home, finisht a pair Stockins for my Self and began another. workt till 10h Evn by fire light. Son Lambd Came home at 9h, left Son Pollards famely wel. at home. mr Ballard & Cyrus Cutt Bushes.  
9 7
Clear. I have been kniting. mr Ballard Clearing a piece North of ye hous. Cyrus assisted him fore n, went to the Settlement aftern on Business for us. he brot 2 qts molases & 2 lb Butter. at home, a trying Scein hapend  
10 1
Clear and Cold. mr Ballard and Cyrus, Allin, Barny, Lucy and Dolly to meeting. Revd mr Stone Discoarsed from Matthew 23C 23vers. mr Lambart, his wife, mr Robinson, Luke Barton and Jona B Junr took Tea with us. at home. mr Balld & Cyrus to meeting.  
11 2
Clear. I have been very Sick with pain in my head &C. mrss Cleark Calld here. Jona and wife Came ys aftern. I have got Easier thro Gods Goodness. at home, very unwell. Son Jona and wife here to Tea.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.