This chapter tracks Martha’s entries while her husband, Ephraim Ballard, is in jail for debt. During this time, Martha’s son, Jonathan, takes over Martha and Ephraim’s house. These entries highlight Martha and Jonathan’s rocky relationship. Also, Martha experiences a pseudo-widowhood during this time, acknowledging Ephraim’s role in the household that now must be filled by her son. This entry gives important information regarding jail time in Kennebec, as Ephraim is allowed to continue working during the day and only has to sleep at the jail at night. There is flexibility regarding cases of debt.
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