Martha Ballard's Diary, July 8 - 15, 1808

8 6
Clear. Sister Barton, mr Ballard and my Self & Dagt Lambd Dind at Son Jonas. Sister & I took Tea there. Sist then Sett out for Son Pollards acompanied by his Daugt Hannah. Gidion Barton Sleeps here. at Son Jonas with Sist Barton.  
9 7
raind the most of ye day. I have Done the Cooking and other matters. Gidion went to my Sons to Breakfast. at home.  
10 1
Clear part of ye day, raind at Evng. Son Jonas wife & mrs Gill Calld in. mr Ballard & Cyrus to meeting. Revd mr Cushman performd, his Text foren Mat 12 C last vers, aftern Prov 22nt 9th vers. at home, feel [bet ] feeble. Son Jona Sent us Chees, [Bu ] & fish.  
11 2
raind the most of ye day. I have Sett plants, houghd Squash & Cucumbers. Son Jona Sent us 5 [lb] Lamb. he lost a good hors yesterday by a woond, Warrin Stone a Cow; the only one he had. at home, mended hoes & Sett plants.  
12 3
Clear, part of ye day Showers. mr Ballard houghing in ye field. I have took my Bed Stead down, Scolt it [&] the Sealing; washt ye floor. we are informd yt a man who is a Stranger was Drowned at Hallowell ys day. Gidion Barton and James Purington here. at home, Scolt my Bed Stead & washt my rooms.  
13 4
Clear & warm. I have washt and Cutt herbs to drie. I feel very Sick at night. at home.  
14 5
Clear. I have been so Sick that I have not Sett up but little ys day. Betsy Andrus here to have a web warpt. at home.  
15 6
Clear and hott. I have houghd gardin & Sett Cabbage plants. mrs Smith here to warp a web. at home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.