Martha Ballard's Diary, January 21 - 28, 1810

[21] 1
Clear and very Cold. mrs Babcock Expired at 9h this morn. I returnd home after her grave Cloaths were put on by mrs Hamlin, North & Waid. at mr Babcocks. his wife Expired at 9h morn.  
22 2
more Moderate. I have been at home. at home.  
23 3
moderate. mr Beck Calld me at Evng to See his wife, her women were Calld. Shee was not very ill this night. Funeral of mrs Babcock ys day. at mr Becks. Funeral mrs Babcock.  
24 4
A Snow Storm. I was at diloes. at Becks.  
25 5
X Birth mr Becks 4th Dagt. XX.
Cloudy. mrs Beck had her women Calld after 1h morn, was Deld at 2 of a fine Dagt. I tarried till 9 and returnd home. receivd an order on mr Nason for 9/. Brother Ebenz Moore Came here, Dind. he Sleeps here, has been to Portland. at Ditoes. Birth 3d. receivd an orderon mr Nason for 9/, had it answerd [25] inst.  
26 6
Clear. my Brother left hear Early, home ward bound. I was Calld at 10h morn to See mrs Purkins who has had an ill turn. her Mother & mrss Pitts there. we got her up and made her bed, Changd her Linning. I left her more Comfortable and returnd home. at mr Purkinss. his wife had an illturn. I had Becks ordered answered at Nasons at 9h Evng.  
27 7
Clear. I have felt better. I wish to be Greatful for the mercie. at home.  
28 1
Clear. Hannah B. and Ephm here. they are well at Son Towns & Lambards. at home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.