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John Ferguson Diary, 1871

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March SUNDAY, 12 1871

There fell 5 or 6 inches of snow last night and is storming some {illegible: Jet?} this morning. Spent the day at home reading and playing the melodeon. Rode back to Brampton tonight, heard Rev Mr McFadden preach text Hebrews II: 3rd verse ccAow shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation.


Could not do anything at the sap business not suit able weather. Drove the waggon down to Mc J. Neelands tonight to a simple ice party. Took 15 {illegible} my load there were two other waggon loads. the roads were fearful muddy. Presented Miss Neelands with silver Tea sett worth $50 for being organist.

March, TUESDAY, 14 1871

Got home this morning at 3:30 AM from party. Collected 25 pails of sap today. Spent afternoon at Brampton at nomination of the two candidate Coyne - Bowles - for Local Legislation. There was a great crowd. Mr. Bowles made decidedly better speech thur Coyne and we are confident of his election.


Was in the sugar bush all day boiled down about 24 pails of sap. Had a lunch at noon in the bush and drank syrup. Brought home at night 3 pails of thin molasses and boiled on the stove to 3 or 4 gals of maple molasses. Rained pretty steadily all day from the East making it {illegible: disaqqauble?} in bush.

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