Martha Ballard's Diary, December 10 - 18, 1801

10 5
very rainy. I have been at home, did Some hous work and began a mittin. mrs Young finisht bottoming our Chairs, 13th, and did 2 for Son Jon a. Three of Jon as Sons dind here. at home.  
11 6
Clear. mrs young bottomed 1 Chair for Son Jona and we paid her 4/2d for the three Shee did for him, gave an order on Son Lambard for 19/. Shee went away before noon. I have been kniting a mittin. mrs Welch & David dind here. at home.  
12 7
Clear. I have finisht mr Ballards mitts & began Cyruss. Son Pollard Supt here. Ephm went home with him. mrs Parker here. at home, finished A pair of mitts for mr Ballard.  
13 1
Clear. mr Ballard to meeting. Patty Sett out for ye aftern but went to Son Lambards. he and his wife and Babe Came home with her. Son Jona, his wife, Ephm and Babe, Supt here. Son Ephm gone to Son Pollards. at home.  
14 2
Cloudy. mr Ballard Sett out to Varsalboro to do Surveying for mr C. Vauhn. a woman by the name of [       ] Calld here. Shee requested me to give her Some buds of Balm Gilead and Some Suthern wood. Shee took what Shee wisht for and went on for Capt Stackpoles at winslow. at home. mr Ballard to Varsalboro, Pally to Son Lambds; I Paid her 4 Dols.  
15 3
Clear. I have been at home. Pally Came home from Dagt Lambds. at home.  
16 4
Clear and Cold. I feel unwell. Sist Pollard Came here at Evn, Jonas wife with her. mr Ballard Came home unwell. at home. mrs Pollard Sleeps here.  
17 5
Clear, Cold & very windy. I have been at home kniting mitts. mrs Pollard Sleeps here. Son Pollard Calld here. at home.  
18 6
Clear and more moderate. mr Ballard to Hallowell, mrs Pollard to son Jonas. Charlottee Brown & Sally Farewell here on a visit. at home. Pally had Compy.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.