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John Ferguson Diary, 1872


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November, SATURDAY 30, 1872

Was at the same work as yesterday, cut a large dry beach tree. The farm of the late Erastus Bunting was sold by auction at 2 P.M. to a Mr. Armstrong for $5,020, rather a low price, it ought to have brought another $2,000. Received from Aunt Jennie a "Carthage Banner"

December, SUNDAY 1, 1972 {sic}

Our folks went to the funeral of Jonathan Pearson's child 2 yr old. Rev J. Shaw preached. Spent forenoon at S. School, Supt pres, lesson Dan. VI, 4 to 10, subject "The Conspiracy against Daniel". Heard Rev J. {?} Scott preach in Brampton tonight, text, Luke XII 48th verse, he spoke strongly against the evils of intemperance and dancing.

December, MONDAY 2, 1872

Was chopping dry beach in the lower bush, spent evening at the Lodge, three were initiated. "Safeguard Chronicle" by Bro M. Shipley, had a degree meeting after the lodge adjourned about 14 have taken the three degrees there are several passwords and signs and a great many ceremonies.


The weather is moderate and some light snow flying now and then, about two inches on the ground at present. Was at the same work as yesterday there a good many dry beaches in that bush. R. Smith, MP spent the evening here in social chat and some lively jokes.

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