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John Ferguson Diary, 1872


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December, MONDAY 16, 1872

Was drawing on the sleigh rails, which made fence between the two fields across the Etobicoke up into a pile behind the barn the two fields thrown into one make 10 acres. Spent the evening at the Lodge, two initiated, several readings, Safeguard Chronicle by Sister M. Robb and pretty well edited.


Finished the job of yesterday about 300 nails, a good many of them inferior quality mostly Hack ash. Started hauling up the firewood from lower bush. Mrs Grimshaw and Miss J.C.F. Snell and Viney went to High School Examinations today. Spent evening reading "Self Help" by {Smiles?}

December, WEDNESDAY 18, 1872

Was busy all day in drawing firewood and pilling it 8 ft high, close in front of the wood shed. Received a letter from uncle Adam containing $10.50 {greenbacks?}, for to pay the taxes on his {?} farms, he has sold his Missouri farm to James Tompson, 4th line East, @ $30. per acre, 80 acres - $2400.

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