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John Ferguson Diary, 1871

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January, MONDAY, 23 1871

The coldest day of the season the thermometer 12(degrees)below zero a strong N.E. wind. J. Learmont and I drove to Caledon for fence posts. Brought home 30 making 100 new cedar posts paid. A McConnel $10.50. Got both my ears frozen and was tired and sleepy when I got home at 4 o clock.

TUESDAY, 24.

Father drove to Brampton this morning and brought Mr. J.W. Main and family and brought Mrs. {illegible, Jorsman?} to spend the day, Mr. Main came this afternoon. J.E. Snell and family were here this evening had a pleasant evening. Drove the Brampton vistors home about 9 o clock. Considerably milder than yesterday.

January, WEDNESDAY, 25 1871

The weather is still very cold the mercury 2 (degrees) or 3 (degrees) below zero, all day. the extreme cold is prevalent all over the country, 40 (degrees) below zero at Quebec, the best coal oil freezes. Was theshing peas with the Hail. Drove Mrs. J.C.S. home this evening, was helping J.C.S copy the militia names, there are 436 names on the roll. Got home at 11.30 o clock.

THURSDAY, 26.

Was at the same occupation as yesterday this cold weather suiting this job very well, have about 3/4 of them threshed. Drove sister Lavina down to Brampton Grammar School where she began the first of January 1871. Spent the evening reading The Weekly Globe

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