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John Ferguson Diary, 1871

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March MONDAY, 20 1871

Was engaged in boiling sap in the bush. Boiled about 24 pails which made about 2 gallons of molasses. Miss Elizabeth Clow and Miss D. Hemphill were here waiting. Samy Bunting was here in the evening. Had our first lamb last. Wednesday are steadily increasing 8 living 2 dead.


The contest between Coyne and Bowles for election to a seat in the Ontario Legislature has taken place today, resulting in the defeat of the latter by a majority of 65 votes. The excitement has been intense and both sides have excited themselves to their almost but the Tory party won by bribery and corruption.

March WEDNESDAY, 22 1871

Boiled 22 pails of sap again today intend to make sugar of it. The Globe has a low description of the wedding of Princess Louisa daughter of Queen Victoria to the Margie of Lome a {illegible because it's smuggled: Derek nobleman?}. Walked up to J.B.S. This evening taking a present of 1/2 gal maple molasses. Was reading "National Stock Journal."


Came home this morning from J.C.S. There has fallen a few inches of snow and has snowed nearly all day. Bought at Brampton bushel of Timothy @ $5.50 per bush. Lowed 1/2 of it together with 95 lbs of red clover 3 1/2 Alsike on 10 acres of full wheat this afternoon. Had 2 young calver last night. The first this year.

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