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John Ferguson Diary, 1871

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March TUESDAY, 28 1871

Mr. Wm Black from Port Perry was here all last night. Had a litter of Berkshires from the old sow 9 in number 6 are living and doing well. Spent the day in the bush boiling sap. boiled 30 pails. The sap ran from the trees very fast. Bright days and frosty night.


Was busy all day boiling. Down 38 pails of sap in the lower bush. Father rode horseback to J.C. Snell to see little many {illegible: pahs?} has the scarlet fever, not a serious attack. It was a warm day and windy all the snow of the east storm has disappeared.

March, THURSDAY, 30 1871

It takes a pretty large share of the time to attend to the stuck at this season of the year especially the sheep, have had 18 young lambs of which 5 which 5 are dead. Was splitting firewood and gathered 14 pails of sap. Received a letter from Uncle J. Ferguson. They are well and busy at spring seeding.


Was boiling sap again all day in the bush reached 22 pails to one pail. Walked to Brampton this evening was {illegible: believed?} at G.E. Woods, also was at choir practice. Received a letter from Uncle Adam, they are doing well. Willy Mason is quite low with consumption.

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