Martha Ballard's Diary, May 21 - 25, 1809

21 1
Clear & warm. mr Ballard went to meeting, walkt. Son Ephms wife Came here before noone. Shee & Pally Town took Supper with us. we are informd that mrss Mosier is more Comfortable. Pallys hand is better. the text fn Hebrs 12 3 vers, aftn psalm 62nt 8 vs. at home. Son Ephms wife and Pally Tn here.  
22 2
Cloudy & Some rain. I have washt & wkt in gardin, Sett 2 quins trees and 1 apple tre. planted Some of Lukes potatoes, Set Leutis plants & Strauberies. I have Squash & Cucumbers Come up in the bed East Side ye hous. at home, washt & workt in gardin. Showers at night.  
23 3
Cloudy morn, Sun Shine ye most of the day. I have done hous wk and Some in my Gardin. mrss Jones here foren. I Sowd String Peas N end of my Gardin. mr Ballard had _ lb Butr at Son Jonas. Jona Junr Sleeps here. at home, Sowd String Peas.  
24 4
Clear. I have done my hous wk and dug gardin, Sowd pees &C. mr Ballard went to Son Ephms, he Sent me 7_ lb fresh pork. Son Jona Sent me a piece green Chees & Some rice. Ephm Sleeps here. at home, workt in my Gardin.  
25 5
X. At James Catons. Birth his 11 Child & 5 Son. XXX.
Clear. I was Calld by mr Caton at 2h 30m ys morn to go and See his wife. I arivd there at Sun rise, found her delivard of a Son. her 11th Child, but not Safe. I performd what was necessary and left her as Comfortable as Could be Expected. arivd home before ten and Sent herbs and other matters. at James Calons. Birth 4th. fell fm the hors on my way home. receivd 9s of Wilm Babcock.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.