Martha Ballard's Diary, May 17 - 24, 1793

17 6
Cloudy part of ye Day, a Sprinkling of rain at Evng. Dolly is gone to mr Bisbes. I have been at home, workt in my Gardin. we were informd of the Death of mrs mc Causland. at home. Dolly [at] mr Bisbes. mr Ballards Birthday. 68.  
18 7
Clear. I have been at home. Dolly returnd, Jona with her; brot Jacky. ye Girls took my bonet to apart & new made it. at home.  
19 F
Clear & warm. Cyrus & I went to Pitts lon, attended Service aftern & the funeral of mr Robert mc Causlands wife, oldest Daugt to Brother Town. Sally & Polly Densmores here when we returnd. I Dind at mr Moores & my hors was put up allso. Mrs Hamlin returnd from Oxford ys Day. Shee has been gone 3 weaks & 4 Days. at Pittston, the remains of mrs Mc Causland interd at 5h pm.  
20 2
Clear & warm. my Girls washt and washt the floors. Cyrus Carried little Jacky home. I have been at home, workt in the gardin. at home.  
21 3
Clear & very warm. I finisht Cleaning my Door yard, went to See mrss Hamlin, find her much fatagud with her Joirney. I Calld at mr Baxters. find mr Ballard was returnd when I arivd at home. mrs Densmore here. at mr Hamlins & mr Baxters.  
22 4
Clear. our men planted our Corn and Beens and potatoes. Esq Cony was here. I planted mellon Seeds ye north Side of the house. it has been very warm. at home. Dolly went to mr Hamlins at Evng.  
23 5
Clear & Cool. mr Ballard is gone to his Meddow, Dolly to Son Pollards. Ephm went help fight fire on mr Kenadas hill, he tarried all night. at home.  
24 6
Clear. the fire rages on Both Sides of the river. Sally Cox is gone to my Sons, he Dind here. at home. receivd a Letter from Sist Waters of march 4th

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.