Martha Ballard's Diary, October 19 - November 2, 1811

[19] 7
Clear and very pleasant. I have done hous wk, Bakt apple pies & Bread. mr Ballard dug potatoes in ye gardin. at home, Bakt.  
[20] 1
Cloudy & raind before night. Son Jonas wife & 3 youngest Childn & Luke Barton Dind here. Son Jona Came down from Clinton. at home. Dagt Ballard here.  
[21] 2
Clear & Cool, it frose hard last night or ys morn. I have done my hous wk, Cutt and hanged up to drie what Squash I had. Churnd 2_ lb &C. feel Some fatagued. at home. Wm & abner Sleep here.  
[22] 3
Cloudy, raind at night. I have done various kinds of work, feel falagued. at home.  
[23] 4
raind fore n, Sun Shine aftern. I have been pairing apples for Sauce. abner Sleeps here. at home.  
[24] 5
Clear Part of the day. we finisht giting in our gardin Sause. I cut apples. Wm Sleeps here. at home.  
[25] 6
Some Snow and Cold. I have been Cuting apples for drieing & Sause. Wm Ballard & Wm Partridg Sleep here. at home.  
[26] 7
Cloudy, rain & hail. I have been prepareing apples to drie. at [home].  
[27] 1
Clear. Hanh, Marta, James & Elisa Ballard dind here. I have been at home. at home.  
[28] 2
Clear & very pleasant. I have Cut apples, Stued Some & hung up some to drie. at home.  
[29] 3
Clear & very pleast. I have washt Cloaths & the Buttery, put apples a drying. mr Ballard about banking the house. at home.  
[30] 4
Clear. I have been about apple works. at home.  
[31] 5
Cloudy day, raind very hard in the night. I have been Cuting apples to Stue & drie. at home.  
[1] 6
raind. we have had more than at 1 time this 12 months. I have over hauld my pickles, there were many of them damaged. at home.  
2 7
Clear. I have Bakt apple pies & Bread. Wm Ballard been to the Settlement, got me 1 lb Candles & pint and half Spirit. at home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.