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John Ferguson Diary, 1874

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March WEDNESDAY 4 1874

Spent the day splitting and piling firewood in the woodhouse. Mr R Lowes had an Auction Sale of Farm Stock the prices paid were not very high. Mailed a letter to R.J Nichols of Chicago. This evening was reading that very interesting little book "Gates Ajar" by Mrs Phelps....

THURSDAY 5

Was threshing peas all day with flail, a very dusty job but am amply repaid for the dirt and labor by the way the peas shell out. Was reading a long article in the "Globe" about the Ontario College Farm how it is to be conducted and managed. It will be a grand institution for young farmers.

March FRIDAY 6 1874

Cleaned from dust and chaff with the fanning mill 30 bush of peas mostly "Golden Vine". Went to Brampton this afternoon on horse-back. Bought at Wilkinson's a grey cotton shirt and neck tie $2.15. Spent evening at Edmonton "Lodge" JC Snell was initiated, had a pleasant meeting.

SATURDAY 7

Raining more or less all last night and this forenoon freezing and loading the trees with ice. Was splitting firewood most of the day. Have had some trouble all winter with "scratches" on the horses' heels, are slowly healing up now, by being dressed with lye and fresh lime. First lambs of the season came yesterday, twins but both dead.

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