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William Sunter Diary, 1893


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AUGUST 1888 1893

20 21 Monday

a very fine day, cool and pleasant - Margaret & I drove up to John McKenzies getting there about noon or a little before. I had seen Allan Ramsay last Saturday at Guelph and he expressed a desire to deal with John McKenzie, as he had heard well of him by one of his neighbors (Sam Mason) - so I thought I had better see and tell John of it. I engaged with John to day to try and see Ramsay for him and see on what terms he will rent on. John is busy cutting his oats of which there is the most part ripe. his peas are also ready to be pulled. Johny at home here finished cutting his oats on the hill field and Willie commenced his field by the house here and by night, had a great part of it cut. it is a fine crop. we returned home in the evening from McKenzies. David Mitchell & party left there yesterday morning after staying all night. {in margin} Margaret & I drove up to McKenzies - I saw Allen Ramsay on Saturday last and as he seemd anxious to make a deal with {illegible} the farm. wished John to know.

21 22 Tuesday

Weather continues fine, heavy dews at night. this forenoon I hoed all the south onion bed and weeded it. also some of the Strawberries - afternoon I was working in the mow for Willie. he had Johny and Robert Jestin and man & team helping him. he finished hauling in his peas and mixed stuff in the bottom of the second field behind on left hand. Annie Sunter from Meaford came over to day along with her Auntie Bella. she has come to commence her duties at her school in Guelph next Monday - Margaret accompanied Auntie Bella down to see Mary, Alberts wife, who has been unwell for awhile. on coming back Margaret went up to see Mrs Jestin who also has been unwell from Grippe. she is a little better. Annie returned with her Aunt this evening but intends coming here tomorrow. {in margin} hoed all the south bed of Onions - I helped mow away peas for Willie also mixed stuff. Auntie Bella is keeping better.

22 23 Wednesday

A very warm day. dry & hot - the land is again showing signs of needing rain. the heat being at time, so exessive is the cause of it drying up so soon again. I helped Willie this forenoon to finish shocking up his front field of oats. it is a fine crop. Johny is away over to Mutries threshing. I half soled Johny's Cobourys this afternoon , he had to wear my shoes to day because of that and they hurt his feet badly. Annie Sunter did not return from Toltons till about 5 oclock this evening. she then drove down witht the girls to Everton. I sent a letter to Toronto with a dollar for Relief Society, a special assm't for this month. I wrote a card to John Turney acknowledging his communication re his family absence . sent a letter also to Bro. Alex. Meaford, {in margin} shocking up some oats in front field - half soled Johny's shoes - Annie Sunter registered a letter for Relief Socielty Toronto.

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