Martha Ballard's Diary, July 2 - 7, 1808

2 7
Cloudy. I Sett out from Son Ephms a little after Sun rise, find sister Moore, of watervil, and Son Elijah and his wife fm Portland here. they Took Breakfast here and Sett out for home at 8h Morn. I have Brewd & Bakt and workt Some in my Gardin. mr Ballard in ye field. at Son Ephms. Came from there very Early this morn. mrs Waitt [look] Harriet fm Jonas.  
3 1
Clear. mr Ballard, my Self and Cyrus to meeting, it was Communion. Revd mr Stone discoarst foren fm 1st Corinthng 11 C 26 vers, aftern hebrews 12th C 25 vers. Rhoda & Sally Pollard, H, S & M Ballard took Tea here, Son Ephm allso. Son Jona, his wife & mrs Gill Calld here. at Meeting & at Son Ephms. I have Seen 12 Grand Childn here ys day.  
4 2
rainy part of the day. I have transplanted my young Sage root, have 200 Sett Cabbage plants &C. mr Ballard been to mr Hamlins to See ye Select Gentlemen, had Jedy Prebbles taxes abaled & receivd an order on P. T. Voce for 2D 92 cents. at home.  
5 3
Clear and warm. I have Done a fort nits wash. Dagt Lambd washt and went to Son Jonas. they were Crying Murder at Brookses. mr Ballard & Allin houghing Corn. at home.  
6 4
Clear and warm. mr Ballard & Allin houghing Corn. I have done ye hous work. Dagt Lambd puting a web into the Loome. Dolly Bary & Lucy to School. at home. mrs Kenny here.  
7 5
Clear. I have done my ironing & Some wk in my gardin. mr Ballard & Allin houghing Corn. Sister Barton Came here. Shee [&] mrs Gill Sleep here. Son Jonas wife here at Evng. Dagt Lambd Ironed [&] wove 4 yards. at home. Sister Barton & mrs Gill Sleep here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.