Martha Ballard's Diary, August 22 - 29, 1808

22 2
Clear. Sister Barton & I went to Son Ephms, Calld at Old mr Hamlins, Shee was not at home. we tarried at my sons. at Son Ephms, Slept there. Funeral mr Robinsn
23 3
Clear. my Sister & I lefe Son Ephms before 10h morn. Calld at mr Carters then proseeded to Capt Shubal Pittss. Dind & took Tea. we went into Stores for pins but found none. I Sett out for home, walk as far as Rewel Williamss when I met Barny with a hors and I wrode home. at Son Ephms, mr Carters & Capt Shubal Pittss.  
24 4
Clear. I have been at home doing hous work and gathering parsnip Seed. at home.  
25 5
Clear & warm. I have done hous wk & mend a Shirt for Son Cyrus. Son Jonas wife here, took Tea. informd that a Child of a mr Hussey Died of a woond it receivd in ye bowels by an accident; his Bror Struck an ax into his Bowels and his Entrails fell out. at home, Jonas wife here.  
26 6
Cloudy foren, a Shower about 1h pm. I wed my oinions and removd Some of my parsley roots, have not felt very wel. at home, Bakt.  
27 7
Clear. I have washt & washt my floor. Sister Barton, mrss Crage & 3 Childn took Tea here. mr Sister Sleeps here, Son Jonas wife & Martha here allso. at home, mrs Crage here.  
28 1
Clear part of ye day, Some Showers. Luke Barton Conducted his mother to his uncles Flints. Sons Lambd & Ephm, their wives & Jonas wife to Son Pollards. mr Ballard & Cyrus to meeting. Revd mr Stone Discoarst foren fm Psalm 37th 5th vers, aftern fm Prov 19C 27th vers. at home. Sister Barton left here. Dolly Lambd at Son Pollard.  
29 2
Clear and not very warm. I have finisht galhering the Pees in my Gardin and done the hous work. Dagt Lambard washt & went to Son Jonas. at [home].  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.