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David Allan Diary, 1876


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January MONDAY 17 1876

Yesterday was quite a mild morning. At 9.30 the Thermometer stood at 37º and the atmosphere dull and heavy, and continued so till evening when it began to freeze. Monday morning, a little snow has fallen during the night, but as the day advanced the mild weather & drizzling rain washed it all away. Was over early at the Rectifying house before the furnace was lighted. Mr Cuttler began to day to adjust all the Millstones, all having more or less got out of Ballance. Mrs A and I attended the Funeral of the late Wm Alexander Esq this afternoon it was largely attended


Another mild morning, and thick weather and after Breakfast it began to rain, and kept on all the forenoon more or less, and many teams came in with wheat and had to stand out in the rain till unloaded. The last of the new fermenting tuns are finished with pipes, spouts &c. &c. ready for use


This is a wet dull morning and after breakfast rained steady and may be said to have rained all the day more or less, and all the snow is now washed away. There must have been far more rain up the country than here, as the water is very high and comming down very thick and muddy. In the afternoon it got colder and began to freeze about dusk, and about 8 Oclock a heavy shower fell. William started for Toleda this afternoon. I am quite disconcerted about awful deficiency in the amount of spirit which has been lost this last ½ year, on account of the weighing system

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