Martha Ballard's Diary, May 19 - 26, 1811

19 1
Clear. mr Ballard to meeting all day. I went aftern, wrode with mr Church Williams from his house. Calld of mr Carters aft meeting, took Tea. mr Wms Conducted me home in his Shais from his house. Hannah Glidon & Sally Balld Sleep here. I went to Son Jonas for our milk. he and Hanh Getchel Came from Clinton, they are well there. at meeting, Text John.  
20 2
Clear. I have workt in gardin and done hous wk. Son Ephms wife here, informs me A young man who livs with them was hurt at work in their gardin. Shee mended her Fathers Coat. we Staid alone ys night. at home. Son Epms wife here.  
21 3
Cloudy, raind aftern. I have gatherd up fuel in the Lane and Swept Chambers & other work. Wilm & Sally Sleep here. Becky Fletcher left Son Jonas & went to mr Bennets. mr Ballard burnt bushes west ye house. at home.  
22 4
rainy. I have been makeing a Short gound & doing hous work. Hannahs Getchel and H. Ballard here on a vasit. mr Ballard planted Cucumbers & Beens. at home. we were alone ys night.  
23 5
raind till 11h am when it Cleard of. I have Churnd & made a Chees. mr Ballard went to See the vessel Launched, it Started but Slopt & did not go off. Wm Sleeps here. at home, Wm Sleeps here.  
24 6
Clear & Cool. I have washt my kitchen. Saml Wiman & Lefaett B. here, inform that H. Gelchel & Sally B. Sett out for Clinton about noone. mr Ballard been to See ye Ship launched, they got it to the water but not afleet when he left them. at home.  
25 7
Clear. I have done hous work, feel very unwel at night with a pain in my head. at home.  
26 1
Clear. Son Ephm Sent A Carriage for us to go to meeting, we went. I tarrie at his hous ys night. Agustus & Calvin Balld there to See us. Sister Barton there. at meetng & at Son Ephms.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.