Martha Ballard's Diary, December 11 - 18, 1787

11 3
Clear. mrs Dorcas Pollard here to warp a pice. mrs Savage went home. Theops was unwell, Did not work. mr Ballard Came home. Gillbreath Sleeps here.   
12 4
Clear. mr Ballard at mr Pollards on Business. Hannah washt. mrs Porter & Sally Bisbe here this Evinng. Hannah fell Down Stairs. Epm Cutt his finger. Dolly has wove 2 handkechfs.   
13 5
Clear & pleast. mr Ballard been to Deacn Emersons makeing Rates. I went to Daviss, got 3 oz indigo. spent Evinng at mrs Porters. Capt Sewall & Lady were here while I was absent. Eleason Luce was killd by ye fall of a tree.   
14 6
Clear. I was Calld to See Lucy Porter who is very unwell, her Boddy com down & much Sweld. mrs mc Night Sleeps here, her Husband has turnd her out of a Dores as Shee says.   
15 7
Clear. I went to mrs Porters, mrs Pollard there. we relievd the Child by puting up thee rectum, we Left her Easy. mrs mc Nt went from here ys morn. Clarisa Barton here going to mr Porters at Winthrop. Dolly has wove the Eighth handkerchief. I am informd that Daniel Fairfield Junr Of Varsalboro Departed this Life ye 12th inst & Jeremy Halls wife the 6th, Shee of [ town] this Town. I finisht my Stockins this Evinng.   
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Clear & very pleast for the Season. I attended public worship. Called to see mrs Porters Daugt, find her much better. Hannah Cool here for herbs for mrs Williams who has took Cold. mrs Ingerham informs me that mrs Tolman was Delivd of a Daft Last weak.   
17 2
Clear. mr Ballard been to mrs Howards on the business of mr Pitts. I have quild for Dolly. Shee has wove three handkerchfs. mr Warrin of Berwick Sleeps here.   
18 3
Clear. mr Ballard at mr Emersons makeing Raits. I have been at home Doing hous work and quilling for Dolly.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.