Martha Ballard's Diary, September 31 - October 8, 1811

[1] 3
Clear, a hard frost last night. Dagt Pollard is with me. Jonas wife in foren. they hav a husking. at home. Son Jona is in Jail again.  
[2] 4
Clear and Cool. Dagt Pollard tarried here till after noon & went Jonas. mrs Ballard & Shee Came in before night and Dt P. Sett ouf for home. I have felt Some better for which I wish to have A greatful Sence. at home, feel more Comfortable thro Gods Goodnes. Dagt P. went home.  
[3] 5
Clear. Hannah & Dolly Pollard Came to help me. I feel very feeble but thro Gods Goodnes free from pain. at home. H. & Dolly Pollard Came here.  
[4] 6
Cloudy and Cool. Hannah Scolt Pickles & part did my washing. mrs Stone here, brot 12 Cents fm Mrss Carter for Plumbs. mrs Burlun Sent me a present of Tamrinds, Tea and 4 lb Beef. Jona Calld to See me. at home, felt some Better thro Gods mercie. Son Lambard Sleeps here.  
5 7
Clear Some part of the day. I have done Chores, paird & Cutt apples to drie. Hannah finisht washing, washt the kitchen & Buttery & Bakt Bread and Pies. Martha, Elisa & James Spent aftern here. at home. Son L. left here Early to attend Coart. he gave me 25 Cents.  
6 1
Clear part of the day. I have felt Some better. H. Ballard, Le faett, Luke Barton, Ranus Pierce here. Mariage mr Heath to Sally Farewel. at home, friends here.  
7 2
Cloudy. I feel but feeble but have done Some work. Son Ephms wife Sent me meat prepared for mins Pies yesterday. we are bakeing them today. at home.  
8 3
Cloudy. I have been at home, made a pair Pillow Cases, feel fatagued. at home. H. Ballard Sleeps here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.