Martha Ballard's Diary, April 26 - 30, 1809

26 4
Clear and Cool. I have been boiling Soap, finisht makeing Candles, have 14 lb. Cyrus sett out for Rhome again to tend Mill. Le faett & Wm Sleep here. Son Ephm removd his Famely to the hous of mr Westons by ye Jail. at [home], made [Candles]. Lucy Smith Says mr Mosier [is] very [Sick].  
27 5
Clear and Cool. I have been to work on the Soap & Clearing Door yard of Chips. Barney & Ephm Sleep [here]. at [home].  
28 6
Clear. the ground frose hard ys morn. I have finisht Dagt Lambds Soap, there is a Larg Barril full & 2 Pails full. Set up a new Leach and put my own Soape to boiling. mrs Farewel Calld here. Dagt Ballard Sent me 9 oz Buller, 1 lb 2 oz pork and Some milk. at [home]. mrs [Farewel] here.  
29 7
Clear & Cool. I have been makeing my Soape and Clearing Chips fm the doore yard. mr Ballard been to Sow Peas for Son Jona. I feel fatagued with my work. at home.  
30 1
Clear & Cool wind. mr Ballard to meeting. Revd mr Stone Discoarsed from Luke XII C 47 & 48th verss. Melinda, Hannah, Martha & James here. I have not felt well this day. at home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.