Martha Ballard's Diary, October 12 - 22, 1803

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Clear part of ye day. I have folded my Cloaths, we finisht Sheling my Beens at Evng, Lathrop and Burr helpt. mr Ballard milkt. Joanna was gone to her dads, her Sister Rachel and Betsy Andrus Came home with her. Son Ephm returnd from winslow. EZra Town and Susana Spring were Joind in wedlock Since he went there. may God Bless and Prosper them in their Mariage State. at home.  
13 5
Cloudy & rain. mr Ballard to N parish Collecting taxes. I have been doing various kinds of business. Son Ephm Sleeps here. at home.  
14 6
Cloudy. Joanna washt floors. Rhoda mended hoes for the young men. I have Bakt Pumkin & apple Pies. at home.  
15 7
Clear. I have pared and Cut Apples to drie. Son Ephm Sleeps here. at home.  
16 1
X. Birth Saml Badcoks Son. XX.
Clear. Son Lambd Brot his wife & Babe here. I was Calld at Sun Sett to go and See the wife of Saml Badcock ye 3d. Shee was Safe Deld of a Son at 8h Evng. I tarried all night. at Saml Badcoks. Birth 13th. recd 12/.  
17 2
rainy. I tarried with my Patient till aftern. Calld at Son Lambds. I reacht home at Sun Sett. my Colt is Lamed. at Detoes.  
18 3
Cloudy. Joanna finisht washing what Shee began yesterday. I did my hous work. mr Ballard and Cyrus down Street. Joanna went home at Evng. at home.   
19 4
Clear. I have done hous work. Phillip Bullin here writing on Plans. at home.  
20 5
Cloudy. mrs Smith, her Babe and Betsy Andrus to Tea. Selvanus Hatch and wife Sleep here. Joanna went home. I feel fatagued but must put up with my lott. at home. mr Hatch & wife here.  
21 6
Cloudy. Bullin here. I have done hous work. Allin, Thomas Lambd & Ephm Bald Sleep here. at home.  
22 7
Cloudy. mr Ballard & Bullin down on busines. I have fatagued, Cut up a quarter of Beef. Joanna left me, her marn here, had 2_ Bushel ashes, has had Gal milk & 3 qts Soap. at home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.