Martha Ballard's Diary, March 13 - 19, 1809

13 2
Clear and Cold, Cloudy at Evng. [  Hanah ] B. Trask & H. M. & Sally Ballard here, James allso. I have done hous wk and Some Mending. Le faett & Wm Sleep here. at home.  
14 3
Clear and Cold. I have done hous wk, mend a Shirt, Sewd raggs fr Coverled. mr Ballard went to mr Wimans, he is returnd fm Schooduck; Saw Son Lambard 6th inst, he was then well. mrs Wiman is very low. at home. Epm Sleeps here. Warrin Slone had a Daugt Born.  
15 4
Snowd. I have done some mending. Son Jon a and wife here at Evng, infm me yt [m] James Cowen of Sydna has had a fitt, fell into the fire and Burnt him very badly. Jona B. Junr Sleeps here. at home. Son Jona & wife Spent Evng [here].  
16 5
Clear and not So Cold. I have mended Drawers for Cyrus & done other wk. mr Bald Sent Wm to Josh Voces for 2 lb Sugar. at home.  
17 6
Clear day, Cloudy at Evng. mr Benjamin Porter & wife & Babe here, Dind and took Tea. Dagts Ballard & Lambard to Tea. mr Porter Conducted Dagts home, Expect to tarrie at Dt Lambds. Ephm & William Sleep here. Elisabth ye indn here, I let her have potatoes. A Son of John Babcocks here for a record of his Birth which was Sept 11, 1791. at home. Benn Porter, Son [Jona], their[wives] & Dagt Lambd here.  
18 7
Cloudy, raind Some. I have done Some washing & other matters. Jona Junr Sleeps here. at home.  
19 1
raind. Son Jona Sent for his Father & I to Dine with him, we had moos meet Stakes. it raind So hard they wisht me to tarrie all night. Jona Junr Came and Slept here. at Son Jonas, Tarried all [night].  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.