Martha Ballard's Diary, May 8 - 18, 1811

8 4
Clear morn, thunder & rain aftern & Evng. mrs Carter here, had gardin Seeds of various kinds. Shee brot me 11 oz Chees. Allin Lambd, Epm & Sally Ballard Sleep here. at home. Allin L. & Epm B. & Sally Sleep here.  
9 5
raind all day. I Planted Cucumbers, Scrapt mors of 5 apple trees in my gardin, Churnd 1 lb _ Butter. Allin, Epm, Sally & Martha Sleep here. at home. Allin, Epm, Sally & Martha Sleep here.  
10 6
Clear & Cool. I went to Son Jonas Early ys morn, he, his wife, Epm, Martha, James & Elisabeth took their departure for Clinton about 11h am, Allin with them. may God prosper them in every lawful under takeing is the wish of me their aged mother. at Son Jonas. he removed part of his famely to Clinton.  
11 7
Clear fore n, Cloudy before night. I have Sett up a Leatch & run Some Lee, Cleand the hen roost, Sowd peas & made a Chees. at home.  
12 1
Cloudy most of the day. James Purington Dind with us, Says his grand marm & Fathers famely are well. at home.  
13 2
rainy. I have been makeing Soap. mr Ballard went to Town meeting. Georg Crosby and Saml Cony were Chosen to represent this Town in Genaral Coart ye prest year. we Sowd parsnips Saterday, Carrots ys day. at home.  
14 3
Clear & Cold for the Season. I have finisht Makeing my Soap, had but little. mr Ballard Planted yellow Bush Beens in ye field. at home. Sett my Sage roots. Planted.  
15 4
Clear & Cool. I Sett my Sage, planted wild Goos Beens. feel very unwel at night. at home.  
16 5
Clear, a frost ys morn. I have planted musk mellions, part did my washing. Moses Patridges wife & Dagts here. at home. mrs Patridg here.  
17 6
Clear. I have finisht washing, planted purple Corn & Coffee beens. a mrs Chase & Sally B. Sleep here. at home. my husband 86 years old.  
18 7
Clear. I have been at home, done hous wk & mended Trousers, Sifted 16 lb meal Wm B. got me yesterdy for [12] qts. Beens.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.