Martha Ballard's Diary, May 18 - 24, 1786

18 5
A Clear day. we Brewd a barll & 1/2 Beer. Mrs Coy here. Jenny Cool Calld going to See her Mother. Mr Crages Shop raisd. I have been at home. Wm Gardner here, Says he has Lost a [gunny]. he had our Mare to Varsalboro yesterday.   
19 6
I was at home. Mrs Williams here. thee girls went to mr Craggs. Brot 3 pair of shoes @ 6/ pr pair. mr Ballard Sowd flax & went to Doctr Coneys.   
20 7
I have been at home. mr Ballard & Benn Brown junr furrowing. Jono & Cowen gone to help a Fammely up river. James Moore informs yt mrs Norris is very unwell Still.   
21 A
Cloudy. Jono Cowen & Hannah & Dolly went to Esqr Petingels to Meeting. I walked to mr Williamss, found ym well. mr Smith there.   
22 2
thee Girls washt. I helpt do hous work. mr Blanchard returnd fm yarmouth. mr Wilms here for Some Lee. a Little rain fell. mr Savage Came from Winthp, informs of ye Death of the widdow Allin, Daughter to mr Hopkins.   
23 3
mr Benn Edwards & 3 men from Charlton dind here. I wrote to Broth Waters by them. mr Ballard planted Corn ys day. our Mare Lent to go to Varsalboro.   
24 4
I spun 14 knots of thread. mr Ballard went to Broth Moores, heard yt Doct Barton has Removd to Winslow. our Mare Returnd. Mr Toby from Sandage here & mr Bisbee, Polly & Sally Drank Tea here.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.