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William Sunter Diary, 1893


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MARCH 1888 1893

1 2 Thursday

A most beautiful day. the sun has shone out warmly although the wind has been frosty. Willie has helped Colin and I at the bush to day. we have cut among the beeches to day and with the exception that they have been very brushy they cut and split very well. we think there is plenty cut for to fill the contract with Abbotts, and we intend starting in the swamp tomorrow if all is well. we have been driving the old mare to the bush which saves us a long walk. Ewart goes to the school steadily. Johny helped Henry Duffield to kill pigs to day. {in margin} we think we have enough cut of the hardwood to fill the contract to Abbotts - Johny helped Henry Duffield to kill pigs.

2 3 Friday

A very moderate temperature to day. a little inclined to a slight snow fall at times. threatned rain in the morning but soon held up. Willie, Colin and I have all started to cut in the swamp. I put Johny's axe on the handle. it is one that went through the fire at Clines & Pringle. it seems to hold a fair edge. I have been cutting principally by myself and got along very well. the snow is terribly deep in the swamp. it takes me to the breast in some places. we rigged up the old single sleigh to the shafts this afternoon - the old Fanny mare cut up some with us in the morning and was nearly getting off on us by kicking over the shafts. it has been barely frosty enough to keep the snow from melting on a person while working among it. {in margin} Colin McWilliam, willie & I have all started to cut the tamarac timber in the swamp for firewood - old mare cutting up -

3 4 Saturday

Much colder to day, the frost has been quite a bit keaner than yesterday. the three of us have been again in the swamp to day, and I have again been working by myself while Willie & Colin have been working in a place further into the swamp . we measured from the line fence back back 34 rods lest we might be infinging on Synnotts bush and we came to the conclusion we were all right as yet. Johny went to Guelph to day with a load of cedar wood. {in margin} Johny to Guelph to day with wood.

4 5 Sunday

A fine day excepting that it was windy through the day - I felt so tired after such steady work in the bush last week that I kept the house all day - I read a good deal and wrote a letter to John Turney of 8 pages. Minnie stayed down after going to Everton forenoon and came home at night. Kitty Robertson paid us a visit. Came up with Maggie and returned with her - {in margin} wrote a letter to John Turney. Kitty Robertson paid us a visit to day.

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