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William Sunter Diary, 1893


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AUGUST 1888 1893

16 17 Thursday

A splendid rain last night, no thunder & lightning dash, but a fine, steady and moderate rainfall. it being very much needed it must do incalcuable good. Mr Wells of Everton was telling me that it barely went to the bottom of the potatoes, but very nearly so. I drove down to Everton in time so as to have our colt looked to, as he has been more or less lame on one of his hind legs for some time. Willie Loree put on a new shoe and thinks there is nothing wrong with his foot. on the stage reaching Everton we received the welcome intelligence by card that Ewart had reached Holyoke in the best of spirits, and we hurried home to set at rest the unpleasant suspense of the folks at home. "hope deferred makes the heart sick" but we had not long to wait. {in margin} good rain last night came very ,oderately - Loree put a new shoe on Fred. we are afraid of a jack spavin being started - received a card form Alex. announcing the safe arrival of Ewart.

1718 Friday

A very fine day. had quite a shower this afternoon which will yet do good to the roots that were so long famishing. the grass will improve under it. it was getting terribly dried up with the long continued hot & dry weather. i hitched up the colt (Fred) and drove down to Everton calling to see Dr. Dryden with Minnie who complains badly of a pain in the back of her head. I got a letter by the mail from Ewart's won hand giving us the particulars of his ride to Holyoke after leaving us at the bridge. Alex went to Springfield to meet him according to arrangement but Ewart was let off at Westfield the station before reaching Springfield and wart had to go on to Holyoke alone. he hired a buss to take him to the store - a very sensible act. {in margin} A valuable shower. drove to Everton. got a letter from Ewart giving some account of his journey down to Holyoke.

18 19 Saturday

A very fine day. warm and pleasant. I was early up this morning and got the horses ready for Guelph. Johny's "jenny" & our Colt put to democrat. Margaret & I accompanied by Lizzie & Annie Croft Day went in. we had a lot of Butter & eggs. Some butter from Bella Mc{illegible} and Jeenie. our own and Lizzie got 22cts per lb and 11c for eggs. I brought home a Barrell of salt, and a lot of /sundries. got the box of democrat fixed at Pensold. when ready to come home we had quite a shower at Guelph but after coming home found it had missed us. we called to see Mrs Mutrie on our way home. she is in much the same way. {in margin} drove the domocrat to Guelph to day. got a Barrell of salt & other Sundries. no particular change in Mrs Mutries condition.

19 20 Sunday

A fine day. kept the house very close feeling tired. wrote a long letter to Ewart, and made good progress in one for Bro. Alex Meaford. Margaret & I paid Webbs a visit this evening. the girls have been twice at Everton and took down the letter I wrote to Ewart, for Abbott to mail. {in margin} wrote a letter to Ewart. the girls twice to Everton -

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