Martha Ballard's Diary, May 11 - 17, 1808

11 4
Clear. I have had a pain in my Stomack. I have more trouble to See other ways than I know how to endure but God is able to giv me Strength and Forlitude. at home, unwel.  
12 5
A very rainy day. I have been So unwel that I have Sett up but little. my Husband not so wel as we Could wish, he has threats of ye Cramp. at home, unwel.  
13 6
Cloudy. mr Ballard fixing Beds in ye Gardin. I have done hous work, gatherd Some greens and knit Some on Lukes Sock. at home.  
14 7
Cloudy all day, raind hard at night. I have done hous work & knit Some. Daugt Lambd brot me Spirit and milk, Jonas wife Sent us milk allso. at home. Cyrus Came at Evng.  
15 1
Cloudy and Some rain. mr Ballard & Cyrus to meeting. Revd mr Slone Discoarst fm Ephesions VI C 4th V. Son & Daugt Ballard, their Sons, Jona, Epm, Wilm, Jamess & Sally & Martha and mrs Gillbard Supt here. at home. Son Jona & part of his Famely here.  
16 2
raind part of ye day, the Sun Shone till about noon. mr Ballard been to Sett off Son Ephms wives Share of her hond Fathers Farm on which he disceast. Sally Farewel and Sophia Came here, they tarrie this night. Son Epm Dind & took Tea with us. at home, did hous work and knit Some, finisht Lukes Socks.  
17 3
Clear, the ground frose Some depth ys Morn. I have Brewd, Sowd Parsley and Sett Sage roots. Daugt Lambard & Sally Farewel went to [ the wido ] the hous in which her Father left. they went to Son Jonas after Dinner. at home. my [husbad] has Seen 83 years this day.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.