Martha Ballard's Diary, May 22 - 30, 1787

22 3
Clear, a Cold morn. mr Smiley went from here. the Girls went to School afternn. mrs Densmoore, Chamberlin & Savage here. Lidia Bisbee Sleeps here. mr Ballard planting potatoes.   
23 4
Clear. I am unwell. Dolly went to School forn. Lidia Bisbee & Polly Drank Tea here. mr Ballard making fence. Cyrus Brot 2 lb butter.   
24 5
Clear. we warpt a webb of 42 yds Linnin. I went to mr Williamss, his wife is better. mrs Pollard here at Evinng. mr Hodges Came there Last Evinng. Revd mr Foster here aftern. mr Ballard been fixing the loome.   
25 6
rainy fore noon. Dorkis Pollard here to warp a piece. mr Ballard fixing the loom. Hannah Coll Sett the webb to work. mrs Voce here, says mrs Pattin is very unwell. Jonathan Brot home 9 lb of hard Bread which Cost /5 pr lb.   
26 7
Clear. I planted pepers, anis & coriander. mr Rich from the westward workt here, Jonn afternn. Polly Bisbee here. I combd 7-1/2 lb of flax for myself & [4] 1/2 for Cyrus.   
27 G
Clear. I have had a Severe Pain in my head. a Shower of hail & some rain ys aftern. George Coutch remains very Sick yett. Desires prayers. Nathan Howard here.   
28 2
Clear. I am more Comfortable than I was yesterday. mr Ballard Brot our Kittle from Savages. mr Edy asistided him. we Boild a Linning warp, 55 Skeins. the girls gon to mr Crags. mr Howard Left here ys morn.   
29 3
Clear. mr Ballard Carting Dung, run ye Cart of thee road. I was Calld to mr Belchers, his wife being unwell. mrs Cumings & Church there.   
30 4
rainy. thee South Company met to Chuse their ofisers. maid Choice of mr Belcher for yr Captain; mr Hersey, Leut; mr Church, Ens. they all accepted. I am at Capt Belchers Still (Election this Day.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.