Martha Ballard's Diary, December 13 - 24, 1809

13 4
Cloudy all day, raind at night. I have felt very unwel but had to work very hard. at home. mrs Lad paid us 12/s
14 5
Cloudy & Some rain. Jona Junr receivd of mr Livermore for me 6/. mr Ballard bot 1 bushl rie. at home. Jona & Wm Sleep here.  
15 6
Clear. I have Bakt & ironed &C. at home.  
16 7
Clear. I have Bakt pies. Jona Slept here. at home.  
17 1
Clear. mr Lad & Son Epm Dind here on a roast Goos which Son Jona gave us. at home. Son Epm here.  
18 2
Clear. I have done hous wk & knit. Jona Sleeps here. at home.  
19 3
Cloudy. I have done hous wk & knit. it is 55 years this day Since I was Joined in wedlock with my husband. many Changing Sceins have past me in that time. at home. 55 years since my Marriage.  
20 4
Cloudy. I have done hous wk. Betsy Wiman here. Jona Sleeps here. at home.  
21 5
Birth mr Thwings 3d Dagt.
Cloudy. I was Calld to mr Thwings at 1h ys morn. Shee was Deld of her 3d Dagt & 7th Child at Sun rise. I was alone with her when it was born. mrs Smile Came in Soon after. at mr Thwings. Birth 21st. receivd6s June 6th, 1810. 1_ Sugar.  
22 6
Clear, Some Snow, part of ye day. I have washt. Jona Junr Sleeps here. at home.  
23 7
Clear. I finisht my wash. Le faett Sleeps hr. at home.  
24 1
Clear. Sons Jona, Lambd & wives & part of their Childn & wido Pierce here. Patty went home with her aunt Lambd. our Swine Butcherd yesterdy, wd 200.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.