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William Sunter Diary, 1893

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MARCH 1888 1893

5 6 Monday

A fine day although a little cold and frosty. we have been working round home all day. Willie wanted to cut his corn to day and as Johny was away till 2 P.M. we had our hands full preparing for it. we had the horse power all to unbury out of the snow and fit up the cutter. I filed it all up before dinner giving it - the knives- a wider bevel. Johny drove over for Lizzie to Crofts - her mother has been very ill all last week, her life almost despaired of. we cut up nearly all the corn but had a terrible job with it as it would not feed. {in margin} Colin and I engaged helping Willie to cut his corn. and in the first place remove the horse power from over bye.

6 7 Tuesday

A very fine day. there was considerable frost through the night but after sunrise the temperature rose and it was warm all the rest of the day. the snow fell a good deal amd the water was running off the buildings from the melting snow. the three of us were in the swamp all day, and it was rather warm work, and also rather wetting, the snow being so deep. Mr & Mrs John Webb paid us a visit this evening. they brought us 1/2 lb of Onion Seed for which I paid them $1.75. they got a pound from Steele in Toronto. {in margin} Colin McMillan, Willie & I were working in the swamp to day. I paid $1.75 to John Webb for Onion Seed.

7 8 Wednesday

Frostier last night and to day the snow has not been quite so wetting as yesterday - the three of us have been working in the swamp only that Willie did not do much in the afternoon on account of Grant Junr the pump maker coming along and fixed the pump at the barn. he charged two dollars for it which Willie considered an over charge as he had agreed to fix it without charge on a deal of the cistern pump. the latter to cost five dollars, or 25 pump logs - ten feet long - or 2cts per foot not altogether stipulating that they should all be the ten feet long. but the number of feet musty be provided. the new repairs provided for the barn pump were expected to be paid for. as we heard that Bessey Tolton was ill, as also Hanah and her Mother considerably under the weather, Margaret and I drove over there to night. we were pleased to find there was some improvement, although Bessey had been very ill from an inflammation of the inner ear. there was a great fuss going on on account of a lot of young folks congregated for making a raid on Richd McWilliams folks. {in margin} Colin McWilliams, Willie & I have been at the swamp - Grant the pump maker came and fixed the barn pump - Margaret and I hearing of sickness at Toltons drove over there this evening.

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