Martha Ballard's Diary, January 1 - 8, 1812

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Cloudy and some rain. Epm Conducted his grand pah & I to Capt Pitss, we found his famely allmost Sick with Colds. Charls Coxes wife there. we went from there to Judg Norths to an Evng Lecture. Revd mr Tappin performd. the Text Romans XIII C vers 11th. we returnd home before 9h Evn. at Judg Norths to Lecture. a mr Deans here from New Sharon.  
2 5
Cloudy & rain. Dagt Ballard, James and Elisa Came here, went home at Evng. Jona iunr Came from Clinton, all well there. at home, Jona Junr Sleeps here.  
3 6
Snowd some, Cloudy all day. I have Twisted yarn & knit Some on a Slocken for mr Ballard. A mr Hudson Sleeps here, Jona allso. at home.  
4 7
Snowd, Cleard a way at Evng. I was Calld to See mr Firbeshes infant, it has a very bad Cold and is Costive. we administred a Clistar which gave relief. I returnd home about Sun Set. I washt my husband A Shirt after. at mr Firbishes.  
[5] 1
Clear. I have been at home. Jonas wife and 2 Childn here at Evng. Shee informd me that mr Tappins Text was Eclesiasts 11 C 1st vers, and that there was a Contribution for the relief of the poore that are Sick. at home. Son Jonas wife here at Evng.  
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Clear morn, Cloudy aftn. I have done a larg wash for me to have put my Linning out to drie, knit at Evng. Linda filld Sausages. at home.  
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Cloudy part of the day. Epm Cutt his ancle. mr Ballard went to Son Epms. mrs Farewel Came here, went to Wm Stones; returnd and Sleeps here. I have Cut frosen apples to Stue. at home. mrs Farewel Sleeps here.  
8 4
Cloudy and Some Snow. mrs Farewel went from here. Hanh Trask here, Mrs Bennet & mrs Smith allso. Sally Came at Evng. at home. mrs Farewl left here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.