Martha Ballard's Diary, January 17 - 24, 1787

17 4
Cloudy morn. [      ] to see mr Savages Childn, find them much as they were. Levy Moore & mr Smyle here.   
18 5
Clear & Cold. we Began to make Soap. Revd mr Foster here, going to attend funeral of Nathanl Runels Child. Desired me to go and See his Lady & Child who were unwell; I went. I was Calld to see mr Hodges [      ] Ballard Came home with me.[      ] we found James & Eunice Stackpool here, [Echabod Pitts] also.   
19 6
Clear & very Cold. mr Stackpool left here aftern. mr Savage Calld [      ] Lidia, mr Brown & wife [      ]. I left her revivd. mr Gillbreath [      ].   
20 7
Snowd & very Cold. Gillbreath helpt pique the mill. Cyrus unwell. I have been at home. mr Ballard got wood & went to Revd mr Fosters.   
21 A
Cloudy ys foren, Snowd aftern & Eving. ye girls & I Staid at home. mr Savages Children are mending. Gillbh here yet.   
22 2
Cloudy & Cold Day, Clear at Eving. I Combd flax. Gillbrth went from here. mr Alin had 1/2 oz Salv. Salvina Hatch Sleeps here. mr Ballard been to Doct Coney, the Girls at mr Crages.   
23 3
Clear morn, Snowd aftern, & Eving. I have been at home kniting on mrs Fosters Stockin. mr Ballard at Doct Coneys. two of the Cragges here for keeping for yr Teem.   
24 4
Clear. I went to See mr Savages Child, tarried all night. mr Ballard Came from Doct Coneys, Carried me up on a Sled. I finisht my Stockins. a man from woolwich Sleept here ys night.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.