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John Ferguson Diary, 1871

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April, SATURDAY, 1 1871

Soft drizzling snow squalls from the S.E. which melted as fast as it fell. The snow is all gone excepting a few solid snow blanks next the fences. The frost is out of the ground. Was splitting and piling firewood all day. Robert Crawford commences word today for 7 or 8 months @ $12 per month. Have 14 lambs and lying calf.


Walked up to S.S this morning. The roads are exceedingly bad, just snow - Supt pils. Lesson Matt V - 13 to 20 nicely illustrated on blackboard. Mr James Crawford spent the day {illegible}. Went to Brampton this evening heard Rev Mr McFadden preach text John XVII 33rd verse. A drizzling rain set in from the south.

April, MONDAY, 3 1871

Was boiling in the bush this forenoon but commenced raining at noon and had showers all afternoon. Was docking the sheep and year old labs also decked the tails of twelve young lambs. Spent the evening at home reading the February number of "Ladies" Repository.


Boiled down 28 pails sap. Father went to Old John Elliots funeral, he died on Saturday Brampton aged 76 years. He was one of the oldest settlers being 54 years since he left England. A strong west wind ground drying up fast. Had a calf from Betty.

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