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

11 3
Clear foren and warm, Showers after 5h pm. I have workt in gardin, mended a Shirt, done hous wk &C. have not felt very wl. Cut Sage & Fevirfue. Wm B. Sleeps here. at [home], feel unwel. Ezra Toun Sleeps here.  
12 4
X. Birth Sarah Waids Dagt. John Alby father. XX.
a rainy Day. I was So unwel lhat I Sett up but little, but was Calld about 1h pm to go and See Sarah Waid who was in Labour. Shee was Deld about 4 of a Daugt which Shee Declarad John Alby to be the Father of. I was Conducted home Just at night, had my work to do. Ezra Town and Jona B. Junr Sleep here. at mrs Waids. Birth [8]th. receivd my fee & 3/ of what mrs Waid owd me.  
13 5
rainy the most of ye day. I Sett Some Turnip Plants but have felt very feeble. Epm hauld us wood. Jona & Wm Sleep here. at home, very un unwel.  
14 6
Clear part of ye day, raind at night. I have been unwel, did but little wk. at home. Wm Sleeps here.  
15 7
Clear. I have washt ye Buttery, Bed room, kitchen & entry; puld a lamb Skin, washt ye wool. Hannah and James here to Tea. Epm & Wm Sleep here. mr Ballard bigan to hough his Corn Second time. at [home]. felt Some better than I have Some days past.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.