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John Ferguson Diary, 1871

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November, WEDNESDAY, 15 1871.

About midnight the rain turned to snow and to day the ground is white with 3 or 4 inches of snow, cold and blustering and freezing {?} towards night. Went to Brampton and ordered a new suit of grey tweed @ $11.00. Spent evening reading the "Soprano" a Yankee story which came from Carthage Missouri.


A public holiday set apart by law specially for Thanksgiving and peace to God for the bountiful harvest. There was service in all the Churches in Brampton. Spent the day at J.C. Snell's in chat and select reading. Very cold north wind all day and freezing, there is very fair sleighing.

November, FRIDAY, 17 1871.

Our folks drove to Brampton in a sleigh, but it was tough going as it is thawing quite fast. Went to John {?} to repair Miss {?} melodeon there were several reeds stopped. Spent evening at Choir practice. Mr Mason and father spent afternoon at {Janice?} Thompson's on lot 14 4th line East

Saturday, 18

Dressed a {?} hog weighing 254 lbs very fat. Was engaged in digging post holes. Was at Mr {?} Snell's a short time this afternoon. Spent evening making preparations for Sunday.

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