Martha Ballard's Diary, May 11 - 15, 1809

11 5
Cloudy. I have done hous work, Brewd. mr Ballard workt at Son Jonas forenn, went to Sett hoops for Dagt Lambd aftern. informs me Patty is very Lambe in her hand. at home, I Brewd.  
12 6
Cloudy the most of ye day. I have done hous wk, Bakt brown Bread; have not felt well. mr Ballard mending fence round ye Gardin. Ephm & Wm Sleep here. at home, Bakt & Planted Squash & Cucumbers.  
13 7
Cloudy ye Most of ys day. I have fixt a bed, planted Squash Seeds and removd part of the Banking from East Side ye hous. mr Bullin here, infmd yt his Son Jessy bured his youngest Child yesterday. Rhoda Pollard Sleeps here, infmd yt Old mr Bisbee is dead. Patty Town is very Lambe. Hannah Balld & Wm Sleeps here. at home. mr [Balld] to Hallowell, had of mr Lad_ lb Tea, 2 lb Sugar & 6 [Elwives]. Deaths.  
14 1
Cloudy part of ye day, raind Some. mr Ballard to meeting. Revd mr Stone discoarst fm Romans 1st C 28th vers. Hannahs Ballard & Getchel Calld here. Epm & Wm Sleep here. at home. Rhoda left here afler dinner.  
15 2
Clear part of ye day, Showers aftern. I have dug ground west of ye hous planted Squash, Cucumbers, musk and water mellons East Side house. began and finisht a Large wash after 3 O clock, feel falagued. Son Jona ploughing our field, my husband workt with him. at home. Jona Junr returnd, Could not get a Chance to go to Sea.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.