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Monday, 1st. Jany., 1838. This is a fine day and my wife, myself and Thomas were down at George's in the afternoon. James and Henry came in and stopped a little while. Old Mr.Rogers and his wife came to our house this evening.

Tuesday, 2nd. Jany., 1838. This is a mild day and James and Henry are at the Barracks and Thomas and Joseph are drawing down potatoes from James' clearance. I am threashing a while. Old Mr. Rodgers stopped here.

Wednesday, 3rd. Jany., 1838. James and Henry at the Barracks and Thomas and Joseph are drawing some ashes and then drew down some potatoes.

Thursday, 4th. Jany., 1838. This is snow and hail and James and Henry are at the Barracks and Thomas is cutting wood for Mr. Law. I am threashing some wheat. Old Mr. Rodgers went a little further yesterday.

Friday, 5th. Jany., 1838. This is a fine mild day and James and Henry are at the barracks and Thomas and Joseph are drawing hay for Mr. Dowler and I am threashing wheat a while and picking over some potatoes. My wife is over at Mr. Truesdell's. Has rained most of the day.

Saturday, 6th. Jany., 1838. This is a fine mild day and James and Henry are at the Barracks. Thomas is getting some firewood cut and Joseph is helping William draw wood to the Potash. I have been clearing up a little wheat and threashed some oats and cleaned up one bushell and picked over some potatoes, 10 bushells Mr. Truesells.

Sunday, 7th. Jany. 1838. This is a dull but mild day and James. Thomas, Henry, Mary, Joseph and Eliza are at Church. Myself and my wife stopped at home and the Volunteers arrived at the Village from MONTREAL last evening.

Monday, 8th. Jany., 1838. This is a fine mild day and James, Thomas and Henry are at the Barracks. Joseph cutting some firewood. I have threashed some oats.

Tuesday, 9th. Jany., 1838. This is a dull day and colder than it has been for this week past. James has been down to get the horse shod at Derick. Thomas and Henry are at the Barracks. I have threashed some oats and cleaned up 3 bushells. Joseph cut firewood &c. Monsieur Genenerux and his son came for to work today.

Wednesday, 10th. Jany., 1838. This is a fine day but cold and James and Joseph are drawing hay out of the Meadow and Thomas and Henry are at the Barracks.

Thursday, 11th. Jany., 1838. This is a dull cold day with a little snow and James and Joseph have been drawing some hay and ashes and Thomas and Henry are at the Barracks. Monsieur Genenerux finished today and we paid him on account 3/3/3 due to him 1/9/3

Friday, 12th. Jany., 1838. This is a fine day but sharp in the morning and James and Joseph fetched down a little firewood then James went down for lime and took a bushell of wheat to Mr.Dugas' Mill. Thomas and Henry are at the barracks.

Saturday, 13th. Jany., 1838. This is a milder day with a little fall of snow and I have cleaned up 1 bushell of oats and James and Joseph are drawing ashes. Thomas and Henry are at the Barracks till the forenoon they they came home and William has melted his potash tonight.

Sunday, 14th. Jany., 1838. This is a mild day with a fall of snow. James, Thomas, Henry, Mary, Joseph, Eliza and myself were at Church. George was up this evening and took Eliza home with him.

Monday, 15th. Jany., 1838. This was not to-say a cold day but stormy and James was drawing ashes and William, Thomas and Henry are cutting wood for the potash and Joseph is drawing some. I have cleaned up 1 bushell of peas then I commenced threashing some English oats. A GRAND BALL at MR Gawn Brown's Military.

Tuesday, 16th. Jany., 1838. This was a mild morning with a fall of snow and the BALL folks arrived at breakfast and Thomas and Henry went off to the Barracks. James and Joseph boiled water a while at the potash. I have been threashing oats a little while. James Norish took a sleep here on his way home from the BALL.

Wednesday, 17th. Jany., 1838. This is a heavy fall of snow and Thomas and Henry are at the Barracks and James and Joseph are at the potash and I am threashing English Oats and attended the cattle &c.

Thursday, 18th. Jany., 1838. This was a dull day with a little snow. Blows and drifts from the northward. James, Henry and Joseph are cutting and drawing wood to the Potash and I am threashing some English oats and Thomas is at the Barracks.

Friday, 19th. Jany., 1838. This is a blowing, snowing drifting day from the Northward and James and Joseph are at the potash and Thomas and Henry are at the Barracks. Roads are very bad. I attended the cattle &c. and threashed a while.

Saturday, 20th Jany., 1838. This is a fine day but cold and James, Thomas, Henry and Joseph are getting firewood and at the potash and they have Melted tonight and I have been threashing English oats &c.

Sunday, 21th. Jany., 1838. This is a fine day not quite so cold as yesterday and the boys, James, Thomas and Henry are at the Barracks and at church and myself, Mary and Joseph were at church and William and his wife, child and Maid were here on their way from church and George was here at night and brought home Eliza.

Monday, 22nd. Jany., 1838. This was a fine day but cold and James, Thomas and Henry are at the Barracks and my wife is over at Mr. Truesdell's. I was about the cattle barn &c. Joseph and Eliza are sick today rather.

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Sunday, 25th. March, 1838. This is a fine day and myself, James, Thomas, Henry, Mary and Mary Clemor were at church and the roads are hard this morning but getting bad in places.

Monday, 26th. March, 1838. This is a fine day and Mr. Townsend came with a summons for me to appear at the Court house in Montreal by 11 o'clock tomorrow morning and James and I started off and our John and Mr.Boile with us when we came to the . . . . are very bad on the Land and we got to Le Assumption . . . . then we started again at six o'clock and arrived at the ferry . . . . Thomas and Henry are about the sugary. Old March calved a heifer calf.

Tuesday, 27th. March, 1838. There is a cold wind from the Northward and we started at six o'clock and arrived at Point De Tremble 25 minutes before seven. Stopped a while then we started again and arrived at the city about nine and about the half part of ten o'clock we went to the Court House and about twelve o'clock they called our names and began to examine us.

Wednesday, 28th March, 1838. This is a fine day and John and me called on Mr. Cook and then we went to Petrie's and then to the Court House and the Court examined Mr. Law and begun with Mr. Blair.

Thursday, 29th. march, 1838. This day had a heavy fall of snow with the wind form the Norhward and I went down to the Court with John and then he got Mr. Boile and started for Rawdon and started for Rawdon and I went back and got my breakfast then I went to Petrie's and then to the Court house and then we all got examined and I went to Mr.O'Sullivan and got seven dollars on account and then I went to a few places and afterwards we met at the Court and got some thing and about six o'clock we started from the Court and arrived at L'Assumption about 9 or 10 o'clock and stopped all night.

Friday, 30th. March, 1938. This is a fine day with wind from the Northward and I have been trying to threash some peas but I am poorly and I am not able to do but little. The Boys James, Thomas and Henry are in the Sugary. Joseph is at Williams. George has our ox since Monday morning.

Sunday, 1st. April, 1838. This was a fine day and James, Thomas, Henry, Mary and Eliza at Church. I am poorly and so I stopped at home.

Monday, 2nd. April, 1838. This is a snowy day the forepart of it and the boy's are at the . . . . I have cleaned up 2 bushells of peas and I am very poorly. My wife is down at . . . .

Tuesday, 3rd. April, 1838. This is a snowy day and rather cold. The boy's were in the factory for a while, then they went to the Barracks. I have been threashing some peas but I am very poorly. All the rest are middling thank God for it. Henry Read came here last night and went off early in the morning and came here again to-night. Paid him 2/6 for Williams . . . .

Wednesday, 4th. April, 1838. This is a cold morning but it is very . . . . Boy's are at the Barracks and I have been cleaning . . . . and I am very poorly today, I am able but little. The sap runs.

Thursday, 5th April, 1838. This is a fine day and this day 27 years we embarked on board the Ship "LIVELY" lying in the River Thames bound for QUEBEC. Two of the boys are in the sugary and one at the Barracks. I have threashed a while at some of the wheat & grass seed & James & John Mitchell are chopping on Petrie's lot as was before, Thomas and Joseph are in the sugary & Henry at the Barrack's. Three YOUNG women and a boy from Thomas Mitchell's were here and John Pollock was here and his Mother was here and peeped in at the window and made a fine noise and Henry Read was at their home a few nights ago and he come to our house and the house which Mrs. Pollock lives in large enough to hold two or three but they would not let Henry Read stop that night it appears.

Friday, 6th. April, 1838. This is a very fine day but the sap runs but very little and James and Thomas are at the Barracks and Henry is in the Sugary and I have been riddling some grass seed and Mr. Fairbank, the clockman left his horse here to night. I am poorly.

Saturday, 7th. April, 1838. This was a fine day and Mr. Fairbanks came and got his horse and the boys are in the sugary a little while then James and Henry went to the Barracks and Thomas and Joseph are in the sugary. I have cleaned up a few oats.

Sunday, 8th. April, 1838. This is a fine day, it thaws fast and James and I were at Church and the rest stopped home, the roads are very bad indeed and I am but poorly. It started to rain to night and blows hard from the Northward.

Monday, 9th. April, 1838. This is a wet morning but after a while it clears up and had fine clear weather and the boys are all in the sugary and I have been turning potatoes over in the cellar as they are growing very much indeed. The first part of the night very clear and we saw the moon in an eclipse about the half of it darkened when we went to bed. Freezes sharp to night. I am but poorly some way or another.

Tuesday, 10th. April, 1838. This morning we had a few snow flurries and the first part of the morning the 4 boys were in the Sugary then after Breakfast James and Thomas went to the Barracks. Henry and Joseph went to the Sugary and I have been draining the water out of the Milk House as well as I was able and then I went to bed as I am very poorly. James has been out to St. Jacques and got a cow skin and a calf skin. James Norish and James Brown came here to night and James Norish slept here as he hurt his hand by a fall his mare and himself got.

Wednesday, 11th. April, 1838. This was a fine day and James, Thomas and James Norish went to what we call Petrie's place, some call it Mr. Hall's, to measure some chopping and then James Norish came here and stopped till a little after 3 o'clock in the afternoon. James and Thomas are chopping for James Brown, Henry sugaring off. Henry Read was here and got one dollar on account and I am very ill.

Thursday, 12th April, 1838. This was a fine day but the wind is keen for the Northward and Mr. Henry Read came here this morning and we settled with him for the lot of land No. 24 on the 7th. Range paid him up the last payment which was 2/2/1 so he is settled with in all full demands for land and a new plough which is due to him eight bushells of potatotes which he is to receive as soon as the roads are better. James is gone to the Rough soe to the Notary to get his papers signed over to himself. Thomas is at Mich Rourke's bee. Henry and Joseph are in the sugary and the girls were with them the greater part of the day. Sugared off 103 lbs.

Friday, 13th. April, 1838. This was a fine day but very cold and James and Thomas are chopping at Petrie's place. Henry and Joseph are in the sugary and my wife and I were at Church and were in a while at Mr. Truesdalls's and after we got home Mr. Henry Read came here and stopped all night. Our William stopped all night also.

Saturday, 14th. April, 1838. This was a fine day but cold and Henry Read and Mr. Law settled a dispute that was between them and Joseph has been down to Mr. Truesdell's with 5 bushells of potatoes. James, Thomas and John Mitchell are chopping at Petrie's place.

Sunday, 15th. April, 1838. This was a fine day but very cold and myself, James, Thomas, Henry, Joseph and Eliza were at Church.

Monday, 16th. April, 1838. This is a fine day but very cold and I was at Church and afterwards we consulted respecting Church wardens and Vestry men but none were chosen today. Some subscribed towards fencing the Burying ground. James, Thomas and Henry are at the Barracks. Joseph at home. I have cleaned up some oats.

Tuesday, 17th. April, 1838. This is a snowy morning with but little wind and the boys are at the Barracks and I have been threashing a little while and Mr. Bourne has been marrying Susan Brown and Geo. Parkinson and called here on his way home. Dull weather.

Wednesday, 18th. April, 1838. Some snow and rain and the boys are at the Barracks and I have been in the barn threashing a while. Sloppy weather and the water comes into the barn.

Thursday, 19th April, 1838. This was a snowy day the first part of it. James and Thomas are at the Barracks. Henry is at home. Joseph has been down to Mr. Truesdell's with a bushell of potatoes for John Anderson. I have been in the barn and the floor is very wet by being over flown. Joseph has been to Hob's Mill with Lion for William.

Friday, 20th April, 1838. This was a snowy cold morning and the boy's are at the Barracks and I have been cleaning up 3 bushells of oats. William cut the hog.

Saturday, 21th April, 1838. This is a fine day but cold with the wind from the S. West and James, Thomas and Henry are at the Barracks and I have been cleaning up some grass seed &c. and the hog is very bad indeed from the cold.

Sunday, 22th April, 1838. This was a mild morning with a little shower of rain. James, Thomas, Henry, Joseph and myself were at Church. The roads are so bad the girls could not go and it comes on very cold this evening and to night they have gathered a little sap.

Monday, 23rd April, 1838. This is a very sharp frosty morning and our hog is very bad indeed and the boy's are chopping a while and Mary Ann Kilmer has gone up to William's place. I am attending the cattle &c. and threashing some grass seed.

Tueday, 24th April, 1838. This is a sharp frosty morning but a fine day and James, Thomas, Henry, William and John Mitchell are chopping on James' lot and I have been threashing some oats for William. Cold wind from the Northward.

Wednesday, 25th April, 1838. This is a sharp frosty morning but fine clear weather and the boys are chopping on Petrie's and I have been threashing oats for William.

Thursday, 26th April, 1838. This is a dull day with a cold thaw and James & Thomas are chopping at Asbell's. Henry and Joseph are boiling off some sugar &c. I have been threashing some oats for William a while.

Friday, 27th April, 1838. We had a fine little shower of rain and our cow May calved a bull calf and James is gone up the Township to LeMarles and Thomas is out with his gun somewhere in the bush &c. Joseph is cutting a little firewood.

Saturday, 28th April, 1838. This was a fine day and James and Thomas are down at John Mitchell's and Henry and Joseph are in the sugary and I have been threashing a little grass seed and our Jack hog is very bad.

Sunday, 29th April, 1838. This is a showery morning for a while but cleared off and we all of us were at Chuch except my wife. Had a little shower this afternoon and my wife and I were down at Mr. Currin's a while and at Mr. O' Neals ditto and George was up here a while this evening. We are all well thank God for it.

Monday, 30th April, 1838. This was a frosty morning with a little dust of snow and it is a fine day and James, Thomas and Henry are at the Barracks. Joseph is in the sugary most of the day. I have been turning over some potatoes as they are growing very fast indeed, then I went over to the Village and the Volunteers were paid today and discharged for a while.

Tuesday, 1st May, 1838. This was a frosty morning but a fine day and James is making an axeltree for the cart. Thomas has been and taken a calf and cock down to George and brought others back. I have been threashing a while for William and myself also.

Wednesday, 2nd. May, 1838. This was a fine day and James and Mary Ann Climmor started for MONTREAL. Henry has been to the Blacksmiths. Thomas and Joseph have been splitting out some rails and I have been cleaning up some oats for William, and cleaned up a little grass seed for myself. George was up here this evening. Eliza over at William's place. They have gathered some sap this evening.

Thursday, 3rd. May, 1838. This was a fine day and I have begun to threash out a little seed barley. Thomas splitting some rails a while. Henry has been over for William's axe. Joseph and Eliza are in the sugary boiling down some sap. William was here a while and Mrs. Curren was here a while this forenoon.

Friday, 4th May, 1838. This was a sharp windy morning but fine weather and Thomas is over at William's chopping and Henry is at plough a while and I have been threashing and cleaning up some seed barley and a little rye. Joseph is in the sugary a while boiling down a little sap.

Saturday, 5th May, 1838. This is a fine day and Thomas and Henry are at John Mitchell's Loging Bee and they have the oxen down with them. I have been cutting a few potatoes &c. The water has got in the cellar some. Comes on a very fine day and I have been threashing some seed wheat. James came home from MONTREAL this evening.

Sunday, 6th May, 1838. This is a dull day and I have been to the Church and the rest stopped at home. John and George came up and at night William came. Rather inclined for rain.

Monday, 7th May, 1838. This is a wet day and James has been to the Blacksmiths. Thomas threashed a while for William. Henry has been mending his shoes. I have been shifting the potatoes as the water has come into the cellar.

Tuesday, 8th May, 1838. This is a cool day but fine and James, Thomas, Joseph, Eliza are hoeing in some wheat. Henry and the horse are down at George's ploughing. I have been overhauling the potatoes &c.

Wednesday, 9th May, 1838. This is a fine day with some showers and James and Thomas are ploughing in some peas by the Big Mountain. Henry at George's ploughing &c. I have been threashing a few black oats and a little grass seed and finished for this year.

Thursday, 10th May, 1838. This is a fine day and Thomas, Henry and Joseph are ploughing in some peas up on the top pf the Line Hill. George is ploughing today with us. James came home from Mr. Allen's as he went down last night to get his boots mended. I have been cleaning a few oats for William. They have ploughed some by the barn. Small shower today about 11 or 12 o'clock. James making a harrow &c.

Friday, 11th May, 1838. This is a fine day with the wind from the North East and James, Thomas and Henry are harrowing in wheat, some black oats, some large peas, &c. Thomas planted bushell of potatoes. My wife is down at Mrs. Truesdell's. Joseph and Eliza are at Mr. Norish and down to Mr. Robinsons, at Mr. Brace's place. I have been in the garden digging and sowed some cabbage and onions.

Saturday, 12th May, 1838. This is a fine day and the boys are ploughing most of the day and harrowing bushell of Rye and I have been making some water furrows on the wheat ground by the house.

Sunday, 13th May, 1838. This is a fine day and myself, James, Thomas, Henry, Joseph, Mary and Eliza were at Church and after we came home, 2 girls form Mitchell's, John Pollock, William Brown and his wife were here and dined with us and after that my wife and myself went over to William's place and got home about 8 or 8.30 o'clock at the close of the evening however I wrote a small note for Mr.Kee.

Monday, 14th May, 1838. This is a fine day and Henry and the horse are harrowing in oats. Thomas is ploughing a while and they have sown 1 gallon of peas they got of Mr. Allen and Mr. Seally was here cutting the current trees in the garden. I have been cutting some few potatoes and Joseph is down at George's with his horse's collar.

Tuesday, 15th May, 1838. This is a fine hot day and James and Henry are ploughing and sowing oats. Thomas is at Mr. Truesdell's, Joseph at Bourne's and I have carried in 4 bushells of potatoes and a half bushell of peas to Mr. Bourne's and then I got 2 loads of dung in the garden.

Wednesday, 16th May, 1838. This is a dull day with a little rain at times and Henry and Joseph are at William's. James and Thomas are sowing some barley and oats in James clearance. I have been digging in the garden. Put in some parsnips, Pumpkins. Mellons, &c.

Thursday, 17th May, 1838. This is a fine day and James and John Mitchell are sowing barley and oats in James place and Henry and Joseph are at William's again today. Thomas has a lame hand and I have been cutting up a few turnips and potatoes &c. and helping a man at the fence between William's barn and the pot ash. We heat of Thomas Griffiths shooting at Bateman.

Friday, 18th May, 1838. This is a very fine day and James and the two girls are up in his clearence. Thomas is setting fire to some brash over the river and Henry and Joseph are at plough and I have been helping the men at the fence a while &c.

Saturday, 19th May, 1838. This is a fine day and James, Thomas and Henry and Joseph are sowing and harrowing in oats over the river and ploughing at the back of William's barn and in the evening Thomas and Joseph planted a half bushell of potatoes and we have been drawing some fencing stuff for the Canadian at the fence in front of the potash.

Sunday, 20th May, 1838. This is a fine shower we had this morning and the boys James, Thomas, Henry and Joseph were at church. My wife was called out last night at nine o'clock to Mr. Marlin's and she came home today about 11 o'clock after putting her to bed with a daugther and George's wife, two sons and daugther came up here a while and at night after they were gone home George himself came.

Monday, 21th May, 1838. We had another shower this morning but cold wind and it cleared up fine about the middle of the day and James, Henry and Joseph have finished ploughing at home and we have fenced up the cattle this morning and I have been cutting some potatoes and the boys are commencing ploughing at William's place. Thomas is down at George's place at work for him.

Tuesday, 22nd May, 1838 This is quite a wet morning so that we could do but little out for a while then they went down to William's place hoeing and ploughing and sowed bushell of oats on the bank and we cleaned up some oats at William's and then I was in the garden a while and afterwards I was getting some pickets carried to the man at the fence. My wife put in a few hills of corn and small beans &c.

Wedneday, 23rd May, 1838. This is a fine growing day and the boys area ploughing and harrowing and howing in oats in William's clearance, below Dowler's place. I have been threashing some oats for William and the man finished the fence this morning and has gone for a while.

Thursday, 24th May, 1838. This is a fine showery day and James is down at John Mitchell's. Joseph is harrowing for William. Henry and Thomas are harrowing and hoeing in oats at William's lower clearance. I have been threashing oats for William and sowed a little flax by William's old house place &c. and I have been obliged to run after the cows.

Friday, 25th May, 1838. This is a fine growing day and Henry has been down to George's with his churn and cart and Joseph and Eliza have been over to William's for the little bull and then they were sowing and harrowing and hoeing in oats in William's clearence and have finished sowing for this season.

Saturday, 26th May, 1838. This is a wet day and the boys are abel to do but little today. Thomas and Joseph are planting a few potatoes and I have been cleaning up some grass seed and I have sowed somme over the river. James has been up to Monsieur LeMarles respecting some pine , , , , then James came home and began to draw some ashes . . . . of potatoes and Thomas planted bushell . . . .

Sunday, 27th May, 1838. This is a fine growing . . . .Joseph and Eliza and myself were at church . . . . Mitchell's and Mary with them Will . . . broke through Dowler's fence into . . .

Monday, 28th May, 1838. This is a wet day the most part of it . . . potatoes but it is too wet and they have drawn on a few . . . I have been threshing some oats for William the . . . his way home from Mrs. Brown's. We have six bushells. . . .

Tuesday, 29th May, 1838. This is a fine day with a small shower and the boys and John Mitchell are carrying on dung and ashes but ut is too wet so they were loging this afternoon and Joseph and the two girlrs have planted four bushells of potatoes by the potash house. I have been cutting some potatoes and threshed a while for William.

Wednesday, 30th May, 1838. This is a fine day and they are loging a while up on the Hill then they carried on some dung at the drills behind William's barn and put in 5 bushells of potatoes. I have been cutting some and cleaned up some oats for William. 5 bushells put in today.

Thursday, 31th May, 1838. The boys have finished the potaotes in the drills. I have been cutting some.

Friday, 1st. June, 1838. This is a fine morning and the boys have been harrowing upon the hill on James' place and my wife and I went down to Mr. Dugas' Mill with some wheat and barley and oats and it comes on to rain a little. The boys have planted 3 bushells of potatoes.

Saturday, 2nd June, 1838. This is a fine morning and my wife and I left the Mill about half past four o'clock and we got home about 10 and the boys are planting up on the Hill and put in 3 bushells. Showery at times and we have chaged a cow with John Mitchell.

Sunday, 3rd June, 1838. This is a fine day and James, Thomas, Henry, Mary and myself were at church and my wife down at George's as his Thomas has burned himself with red hot ashes. Old Thomas Friffith's have written something . . . . Mr. Bourne.

Monday, 4th June, 1838. . . . . fine day and I have been helping Mr.Truesdell's man to . . . . are all up on the hill clearing and planting. I have . . . . William as his wife is put to bed with a boy.

Tuesday, 5th June, 1838. . . . . morning and James is gone over to the Grand Cote . . . .for Henry Read. Thomas and Henry with the oxen are . . . . my wife is over at William;s as his child is not very well. . . . .&c and have been after the cattle several times and fixed the . . . raine heavy at times.

Wednesday, 6th June, 1838. This is a fine day and the boys and the girls are up the hill planting and clearing &c, and I have been cutting &c. My wife is down at George's to see how Thomas is with his burnt leg. They have planted 5 bushells today.

Thursday, 7th June, 1838. This was a wet day and blows hard from the Northward until the afternoon when it cleared off and the boys planted up on the Hill on the 7th. range. I have been curring a few today. Thomas has been to get the horse shod.

Friday, 8th June, 1838. This is a fine day and James, Thomas and Henry are at Mr. Law's planting for him and Joseph and Mary planted 1 bushell of potatoes. I have been cutting and minding the cattle at times.

Saturday, 9th June, 1838. This is a fine morning but dull at times and in the afternoon it comes on to rain. The boys have been at work clearing ground and Joseph and Mary have been over at William's place planting for him. I have been trying to fence in the Mitchell cow but she gets through as yet.

Sunday, 10th June, 1838. This is a fine morning but ir ocmes on to rain some showers before Church and clears up very fine and warm and a little after church it comes on a heavy thunder shower. Myself, James, Thomas, Henry, Mary and Eliza were at Church and we had some consultation respecting Mr. Griffith's writing against the Rev. R.H. Bourne and we had Mitchell's two girls and James Brown, Sam Asbell, Mr. and Mrs. Dowler, Nancy Brown, Mr. Parkinson and our William all here this afternoon.

Monday, 11th June, 1838. This is a fine growing and the boys and the two girls are all planting potatoes up on the 7th range and I have been cuting some. My wife was down at George's to see how the little boy's leg is and I believe I am 58 years old this day.

Tuesday, 12th June, 1838. This is a fine hot day and James, Thomas, Henry, Mary and Eliza are planting (6 bushells) Joseph is over at William's place helping him and our boys have finished planting this afternoon and Mr. Dugar, Daniel Truesdell and John Smiley called in here on their way from an inquest on Mr. Stevens, killed by three McDon. . .

Wednesday, 13th June, 1838. There was a fine shower early in the morning but it is a fine hot growing day and James has gone to the funeral of the young man Mr. Stephens that was killed the day before yesterday. Thomas and Henry are loging. Flies are very bad most of the day. Thomas and Henry are loging at Mr. Asbell's ad the rest of us are working in the garden a little while. Joseph is at William's.

Thursday, 14th June, 1838. This was a very fine hot day and James and Thomas are drawing rails from over the river and making a fence from the Potash house by the gully down to the front of the house. Henry and the horse and cart are over at William's drawing dung. Joseph and Eliza are planting for him. I hve been getting stuff for the fence and in the garden a while. The flies have got to be terribly bad this while.

Friday, 15th June, 1838. James and Thomas are at the fences, Henry with the oxen has gone down to George's to the log &c. for him. Joseph and Eliza are at William's and it comes on a thunder shower at about 7 o'clock this morning. Flies are bad.

Saturday, 16th June, 1838. This was a fine hot day and James and Thomas are piling brush &c. Henry, Mary, Joseph and Eliza are at George's planting potatoes. I have been in the garden &c. Flies are terrible bad indeed.

Sunday, 17th June, 1838. This is a fine hot day and myself, Thomas and Henry were at Church and the rest of them were over at William's place a while and in the evening my wife and myself were over and the flies are very bad tonight. James has been out to the . . .oose or some where that way.

Monday, 18th June, 1838. This is a fine hot day and Thomas and Henry and the oxen are over at William's place loging &c. James and Joseph are piling brush and I have been after the cattle some times. Eliza weeded a while. Mr. Jeffries and Mr. Doherty were here this afternoon for signature for rations.

Tuesday, 19th June, 1838. This is a fine hot day and John Mitchell got 2 bushells of potatoes and Henry has been over to Mr. Holtby's for a bushell of rusty coats they then cleared ground to plant them. Joseph and Eliza are weeding oats between the house and the garden . I have been threashing oats for William a while. The flies are very bad.

Wednesday, 20th June, 1838. This is a fine shower this morning and it turns out a very fine hot day and the Children have been planting a half bushell of rusty coats and Joseph has been planting a bushell for himself but did not quite finish them. The boys, James, Thomas and Henry have been loging a while. I have been threashing for William and mending the fence the horse knocked down. My wife was over to William's as his child is sick, they think it is the smallpox. It thunders at a distance. This afternoon Sinclair had our cat.

Thursday, 21st June, 1838. This was a very fine hot morning and Thomas and Henry are mending up their log heaps and James os over at Henry Law's helping him plant potatoes and in the afternoon Thomas and Henry went over to Mr. Law's planting. Mary is over at William's place and I have been threshing some oats for William. I t comes on a heavy thunder storm at 7 o'clock tonight from the Northwest. Joseph and the oxen are at William's.

Friday, 22nd June, 1838. This is a very fine hot day and my wife has set out a few cabbage plants and then she went down to George's place. The boys James, Thomas and Henry are ditching by James shoot. I have been working in the garden pulling out some weeds &c. Mary is at William's as yet and she came home at 12 o'clock. James has gone to St.Jacques. Thomas & Henry are drawing long rails for the fence. Thomas has gone to the inquest of poor Mr. Stephen, they took open the coffin and looked at him and they they went to Mr. Truesdell's and established the verdict of willful murder against John and Alexander McDonald. Mr. Bourne was here at 4 o'clock, then he went to the inquest.

Saturday, 23rd June, 1838. This is a fine growing day with a fine shower and I have been digging and planted out some cabbage plants. The boys are at their ditch. My wife has been over at William's. Joseph is there planting potatoes and helping him fence. I have been threshing a few oats this afternoon and got in a little in the evening.

Sunday, 24th June, 1838. It rained at a very early hour this morning and continued until the middle of the day then abated but is still dull cloudy weather. Thomas Sinclair drove up our horse early this morning as he broke out and went down about three o'clock. We were not at church any of us as it was such a wet morning. Mr. Dowler, the two Sinclair's and our William were here.

Monday, 25th June, 1838. It came on to blow hard at a very early hour this morning and then a heavy rain till after 7 o'clock then it cleared off some. James, Thomas and Henry went down and sowed some grass seed for William till dinner time they they were at the ditch by the Line side fence. I have been getting some dung in the garden and I have been digging and setting out some plants. It came on a heavy shower at about 11 o'clock. Flies are very bad all the time.

Tuesday, 26th June, 1838. It rained early this morning but soon cleared off and had a fine breeze from the Northward and the boys are at the ditching. Joseph is down at Sinclair's for some pumpkin plants and carried home some sugar, we were due them. In the afternoon the boys were loging. I have finished William's threshing.

Wednesday, 27th June, 1838. This is a fine hot day and in the morning the boys were leveling a hill over the river for Mr. Dowler and after breakfast they were loging. I have been cleaning up some oats for William. My wife is gone down to Mr. Dugas. Joseph, Mary and Eliza are weeding a while at times. The flies are terrible bad indeed.

Thursday, 28th June, 1838. This is a dull morning and after a while it comes on to rain. The boys were fencing a piece of potatoes by James' shoot, then raking and clearing a piece of ground for turnips and sowed a few. William has our horse to go to L'Assumption. My wife is still at Mr. Dugas or at John's. I have been in the garden a while and mending the pig fence &c. The boys began to hoe up the potatoes the back of William's barn &c. My wife came home about 8 o'clock tonight. Comes on a fine shower.

Friday, 29th June, 1838. This was a very fine hot day and the boys were all at the village as it is Militia day. I have been weeding where the old barn formerly stood.

Saturday, 30th June, 1838. This was a fine day and Henry, Joseph and William Sinclair are at the potatoes and James and Thomas are clearing ground for turnips. I have been at different things about the fences and firewood.

Sunday, 1st July, 1838. At a very early hour this morning, that is, about 2 o'clock, our horse broke out and let all the cattle in the grain and the boys, James and Henry got up and put them back again and soon after that there came on a heavy shower and cleared off but dull and we went to Church, myself, James, Thomas, Henry and Eliza. Mary over at Wm's place, and soon after we left the church it come on a heavy thunder shower, then in the afternoon William Eveleigh, John Eveleigh, Mr. Rourke, William Sinclair and the two Stephen's came to take Edward McDonald and they took James and Henry with them and their muskets and ball cartridges. William and his wife and infant were here and about 3 o'clock it comes on a very heavy thunder storm with hail &c. Blows hard and our old potash roof blew off and the trees blow down and a flood rose up in a very little while. The people came back, they did not get the prisoner. Comes on a fine night.

Monday, 2nd July, 1838. This is a fine hot morning and James and I were at the fence a while. Thomas os drawing tro or three cedars. Hnery, William Sinclair and Joseph are hoeing potatoes. My wife and George's wife are gone up the Township some where. James & Thomas are harrowing in some turnips and I have been in the garden digging for cabbage plants. Comes on a thunder shower between 10 and 11 o'clock. They have begun a sleigh for drawing ashes.

Tuesday, 3rd July, 1838. There was a fine shower early this morning and it is dull for a while but comes on very hot and my wife came home at about 10 o'clock this morning. Henry and Joseph are hoeing potaotes. James and Thomas are finishing the sleigh they they began to emptu a letch or two. Drew down 2 loads of ashes. The flies are terribly bad agains this night and is short all the time. I set out 2 or 3 pumpkins.

Wednesday, 4th July, 1838. Very early this morning it rained very heavy and it came on a very fine hot day and I have been putting out some cabbage plants. Thomas is at Sinclair's. Henry and Joseph have been over to William's with the oxen and the bull, then Henry and James were grinding their axes and Joseph hoed up some potatoes. I have been shading cabbage plants. William Marlin was grinding his axe here. I hoed some potatoes a while.

Thursday, 5th July, 1838. This was a dull morning and comes on to rain and shower at about 7 o'clock and I have been setting out some cabbabe plants &c. Our boys and Sam'l Asbell are hoeing potatoes. Came on a heavy shower at about 11 o'clock then it cleared up and they went to chopping up the hill. Started to rain heavy at 8 o'clock tonight.

Friday, 6th July, 1838. This is a fine hot day and the boys, James, Thomas and Henry are chopping and I and the children were weeding a while then Joseph was taken sick and I went down to Mr. Robinson's and got some shirting, soap, trousers check and writing paper &c. and paid him by an order of five shillings from Gawn Brown on account.

Saturday, 7th July, 1838. This is a fine hot day and Mr. Law has our cart to go to the Hill. John Mitchell came and got his axe ground and Thomas and Henry are fixing the gate by the barn and the fence before breakfast, and after dinner they were loging &c. I have been weeding thistles by the potash house. My wife has been over to Mr. O'Neal's as his boy has cut his toe badly. Sam Asbell was helping the boys today.

Sunday, 8th July, 1838. 4th Sunday after Trinity. A fine hot day and my wife, Henry and Eliza are gone down to Mr. Dugas. James and Thomas are down the Township at Mr. MItchell's. Mary over to see Mary Ann Pride. Joseph down at Mr. Sinclair's with Tommy Sinclair. I am stopping at home. There is no church service today as the minister is at Kilkenny &c. The grain comes on finely now. The children have been writing, spelling and reading &c. Henry came up about 4 o'clock. Lion has been breaking in the grain &c. three times today. There came on a thunder storm at 7 o'clock tonight. William was here on his way home from Kildare.

Monday, 9th July, 1838. This is a dull morning but comes on a fine hot day. Mr. O'Neal was here for cabbage plants and Brown's and Curren had some. James, Thomas and Mr. Law are loging. Henry is poorly within the house and Mary is sick in bed. My wife and Eliza are down at Mr. Dugas'. Joseph has been hoeing up potatoes and went on 2 or 3 errands. I have been pulling thistles a while. Flies are very bad indeed. Mr. Dowler was here a while in the morning and got some cabbage plants. Mr. Law got some plants. Mr. Marlin got some plants.

Tuesday, 10th July, 1838. This is a very fine hot morning. Henry and Mary are better, thank God. James and Joseph are making up the log heaps. Thomas with the oxen are over at William's loging. James, Henry and myself were over with Mrs. Dunn making some arrangements respecting buying her land then I went down to Mr. Robinson's and J. McCurdy. Henry was down to William Eveleigh's for some money but we got none as yet. I got home just at dark tonight.

Wednesday, 11th July, 1838. This was a very fine hot day and I have been down to Mr. McCurdy's and Mr. Daily's and went down to Mr. Dugas and my wife and Eliza came up with me and James, Thomas and Henry are after ashes and their log heaps &c. Joseph is very poorly.

Thursday, 12th July, 1838. This is a fine hot day and Thomas and Henry are hoeing up some potatoes. James with the oxen are drawing down some ashes &c. I am pulling out some thistles out of the oats by the potash house.

Friday, 13th July, 1838. This is a fine hot day & James, Henry and myself have been down to Mr. Eveleigh's agreeing with Mrs. Dunn about her clearance, house, &c. then they were hoeing potatoes at the ditch by Wm's barn, then twere wetting their letches. Thomas has been over to Wm's with the oxen and took the Cheryy cow and we were over at Mrs. Dunn's place and took possession.

Saturday, 14th July, 1838. This is a fine hot day and the boys are shifting teh gate at the barn and Joseph has been to William's for the oxen and then they drew some ashes. I have been to Mr. Robinson's and then I was about home doing one thing or the other, getting wood &c.

Sunday, 15th July, 1838. 5th Sunday after Trinity. It comes on a fine shower early this morning and my wife was called up at between 2 and 3 o'clock to go down to John's wife and James, Thomas, Henry and Mary were at church. Eliza was sick most part of the day. Joseph is better, he and I stopped at home to mind the cattle. There came on a very heavy shower a little after 1 o'clock. Thomas, Henry and Mary stood for William's child. We have had several showers today. The 4 Browns, 1 Parkinson, Mr. Dowler, Barney Greening, 2 Scroggies, William, and his wife and child were here this afternoon and the 2 Sinclairs, Marlin's and John Pollock.

Monday, 16th July, 1838. This is a fine day after the rain and the boys are drawing wood and ashes to the Potash house. Joseph gone to Mr. Bagnell's with Mrs. Dowler for Meal &c. Mr.Dowler hoeing up potatoes in his place a very litle while and they have been at work on the road from the schoolhouse up about 9 or 10 men. The whole of the cattle got in the oats over the river. I have begun a gate for the fence at the barn. Henry has been drawing wood and boiling at the potash. William has the oxen over this afternoon.

Tuesday, 17th July, 1838. This is a fine day and they are boiling potash and drawing wood with Henry Law's oxen and doing a little at our own road. My wife came home from John's this morning. Mr. McGee got some cabbage plants and I have finished the gate and got it put up &c.

Wednesday, 18th July, 1838. This is a fine hot day with a small shower and James has been to the blacksmith's to get the horse shod. Henry at the potash and Thomas is getting some stumps out. Joseph is hoeing some potatoes and I have made a gate for the pigsty and weeded in the garden a while.

Thursday, 18th July, 1838. This was a fine hot day with a small shower and James has been to the blacksmith's to get the horse shod. Henry at the potash and Thomas is getting some stumps out. Joseph is hoeing some potatoes and I have made a gate for the pigsty and weeded in the garden a while.

Thursday, 19th July, 1838. This was a fine hot day and the boys are getting some stumps out by the shop a while then cutting logs a while then getting melting wood and they melted tonight. I have been in the garden weeding a while then my wife and I were over at Mr. Keo's hearing Mr.Bourne preach.

Friday, 20th July, 1838. This was a wet day and James went on to Mr. Lindsay's but they have done nothing and Thomas has been over to the blacksmith's to get some forks mended. Henry has been over with Mr. Dunn a while and Scalley was here and Joseph has been at William's and I have let Phares Gracey have the saw. I have been getting some bark to make some temporary rope with. It clears up some tonight but dark weather.

Saturday, 21st July, 1838. This was a dull morning but a fine day with a very little shower or two and Thomas and Henry and the oxen are at John Mitchell's loging and James is gone to St.Jacque's for a potash barrel and some meal off John if he can get it. My wife is weedingi n the garden and Mary, Joseph and Eliza are picking off currents a while and Joseph was hoeing potatoes a little while. I have been laying up a few rails about the grain near the house and barn &c. as the cattle are always running into it when they are about the house.

Sunday, 22nd July, 1838. This is a fine day and Henry and Mary are down at Mitchell's. Thomas, Eliza and myself were at church and in the afternoon we were over to Mrs. Dunn's place and George and his boys were up here this evening. 6th Sunday after Trinity.

Monday, 23rd July, 1838. This is a fine cool mirning and Henry is over at Mrs. McGie's mowing and Thomas is mowing at home and James is at different things I know not altogether what and my wife and me have been down to Mr. Dugas and to John's and George and his wife and William were down respecting old Billy Blair as he wants to take William's meadow away.

Tuesday, 24th July, 1838. James has gone to Montreal with potash &c. This was a dull morning with a little rain and Thomas is after some ox bows. Henry is down at Mrs. McGie's . Mary, Joseph and Eliza are hoeing up potatoes. I have been down as far as Mr. Eveleigh's seeing Mrs. Dunn on account on her place and rights &c. and it comes on a very wet day. My wife has been over to Scalley's and Dowler's &c.

Wednesday, 25th July, 1838. A thunder shower late last night and quite a fog this morning but cleared off about 10 or a little after and still cloudy weather. The sun shines very hot when it does shine out but it is but little it comes out. My wife is down at Sinclair's, looking for some meal but they have none to spare. Joseph has drawn 4 ceders up the hill. Thomas began to draw a few logs up at James' place but could not get along for the want of a bow. Henry is at Mr.McGie's mowing. I have been turning the grass &c. and Mary, Joseph and Eliza have been hoeing potatoes a while. It comes on two or three showers this evening with some thunder.

Thursday, 26th July 1838. This is a very fine hot morning. Joseph and Eliza are hoeing potatoes. Thomas is drawing some logs at James' place. Henry is down seeing Mrs. Dunn about her place. I have been making a bark rope or two. William came for the oxen so Joseph has gone over with him and we have been turning over the hay then I was clearing up the dung in the barn yard and we got 30 lbs. of meal off William.

Friday, 27th July, 1838. This was a fine hot day and we have been turning over the hay and got in some this forenoon but it is hardly fit so we left it a while then it keeps on fine and we got in the hay by the shop.

Saturday, 28th July, 1838. This was a dull morning with a little rain and James came home from Montreal and the expenses are 6/4/2 and then James, Thomas, Henry are over at William's helping him with his barn. I have been about the house at one thing or the other.

Sunday, 29th July, 1838. This was a fine hot morning but comes on some fine showers. My wife and I were up in James' clearence and a while after William and his wife, Thomas Grey came and our hogs have been in the potatoes and spoilt a good deal of them. Mrs. Dunn was here twice. Mr. & Mrs. Asbell were here today a while. Henry and Eliza are down at George's place keeping house for them as they are up the Township. Joseph has ben over to William's for the oxen, got home just at dark.

Monday, 30th July, 1838. Rains and blows but it rained a very heavy shower before daylight and afterwards it came on fine and hot and I have been moulding up the potatoes the pigs rooted out and they did yoke one or two of the hogs and left them so and were fixing their scythes and then James and Thomas went to Sam'l Asbell's bee and Henry and Joseph are getting ready to plough up the potatoes but the wind got very high and they were obliged to leave off for the day. I was at the fence a while then I went down to John's and got off him 32 dollars on account of Mrs. Dunn's place.

Tuesday, 31st July, 1838. This was a very fine day and James and Thomas are at William Marlin's chopping Bee. Henry is mowing and I have been shaking out and Joseph has been over to the Blacksmith's with a scythe then they have ploughed up a few more of the potatoes then they took in a sleigh load of hay. I went over to Mr. McGie's respecting Mrs. Dunn's place &c.

Wednesday, 1st Augt., 1838. It comes on to rain about 2 o'clock this morning but cleared off about day-light and the boys, James, Thomas and Henry are over at William's helping him put the roof on his barn. HENRY is TWENTY YEARS old this day. I was over at the potaotes a while moulding them up. Mr. McGie was here a while this evening looking for men for his BEE.

Thursday, 2nd Augt., 1838. This is a very fine hot day and the boys have been mowing at home a while then they were mowing at Mrs. Dunn's and I have tried the potaotes but they are not fit. I made two yokes for Mr. Dowler then Joseph and I were putting in the hay and in the evening they carried in 3 sleigh loads. They finished ploughing up the potatoes.

Friday, 3rd Augt, 1838. This is a very fine day and Henry is over to Mr. McGie's and James and Thomas are mowing here a while then they went over to Mrs. Dunn's place and we were raking &c and we carried in some hay from between the barn and the potash.

Saturday, 4th Augt, 1838. This is a fine day and my wife, myself, Joseph and Mary are raking over at Mrs. Dunn's place and the boys have been drawing and staking it and got it all finished. It comes on a heavy thunder shower, it lightens a great deal and rained and blows a while.

Sunday, 5th Augt, 1838. This is a dull day after the storm and I went to Church and the rest stopped back and it comes on a wet afternoon. Mr. Dowler, William Marlin, our William and John Pollock, Wm. Sinclair were here and it cleared up fine towards night. My wife is very poorly with a pain in the back.

Monday, 6th Augt, 1838. This was a fine hot day but rather inclined to rain a little this morning. The boys are mowing up the back of William's barn. I have been picking some peas and we have been turning and shaking out some hay. Eliza is down at Jack Robinson's with Mrs.Robt. Johnson &c. They called here going and coming. Henry has been to the blacksmith's.

Tuesday, 7th Augt, 1838. This was a fine day but there was a heavy shower early this morning. The boys mowed about the Island and round there and I have shaking out and Mary and Joseph likewise. Eliza is down at Mrs. Robinson's with Mary Gray. We took in one load of hay from by the Gully at the potash house. Henry down seeing Mrs. Dunn and this evening we paid her Eight pounds, her first payment towards her place and we got posi.... before Mr.William Malrin and Mr. Wm. Eveleigh.

Wednesday, 8th Augt, 1838. This was a fine hot day and the boys are mowing a while then they were raking in some hay and have carried in 9 loads which is about 5 or 6 hundred bundles. I began to cut some barley but was obliged to leave off and rake in the hay. George and Wm. Marlin were here till late tonight. William's wife and infant were here today. Looks like rain tonight.

Thursday, 9th Augt, 1838. This was a fine hot day and the boys have been fetching in hay from the foot of the big mountain & have mowed a while. I have reaped a little barley & carried in 10 sheaves. Joseph is over at Wm's place with the oxen. Rained a little this evening.

Friday, 10th Augt, 1838. This is a fine hot day and the boys have been mowing a while then they went over to the Village and got their ration money. I have been shaking out some grass &c. Joseph came home from William's with the oxen and I have been reaping some barley and took in about 21 sheaves and the boys have taken in one load of hay and cocked the rest.

Saturday, 11th Augt, 1838. This was a dull morning and came on to rain and Henry is over at Mr. McGie's to mow for him with John Mitchell. Thomas is mowing a little. James is cutting logs for his barn and drawing some. I have cut a little firewood.

Sunday, 12th Augt, 1838. This was a fine day after the storm as it was very hot last and very heavy thunder and lightening and rain and today we had some of the Mitchell people here and John Pollock and his brother Robert and our Wm. were over in the evening and we had a small shower this evening and Mrs. Dunn was here this evening. Joseph cut his foot on his way to William's place with a scythe.

Monday, 13th Augt, 1838. This is a very fine day and my wife and myself have been down to Mr. Robinson's and took him two pails of butter and then we went down to our John's and to Mr.Dugas and paid him four dollars on account of boards &c and James and Thomas are reaping barley at his place and Henry with the oxen are loging at Sinclair's and we have Peggy her pulling her flax &c. Joseph is helping William a little as his foot is sore.

Tuesday, 14th Augt, 1838. This was a very fine day and the boys are mowing a while then they were drawing in some hay. The cows got through the fence in the wheat this morning and I have been fixing the fence then reaped some barley. Mary and Eliza are pulling flax and we have bought Mrs. Dunn's barley and potatoes at 1/12/6. William's wife was here pulling her flax today likewise.

Wednesday, 15th Augt, 1838. This was a very fine hot day and James and the oxen are down at John Mitchell's loging. Samuel Asbell, Thomas and Henry are reaping barley at Mrs. Dunn's place. I have been at the barley a while then we were all raking hay and carrying in. The children, Joseph, Mary and Eliza, have finished pulling the flax. William and his man Thos. Sharp began to mow his grass today and I have carried in 14 sheaves of barley.

Thursday, 16th Augt, 1838. This was a dull morning and James, Thomas and Henry have been putting up hay in the barn and fetching in a small load of hay out of the gully by the potash and mowed the piece of grass over the River and I have bound up 16 sheaves of barley and fetched them down then it came on to rain and we could do nothing more today outdoors.

Friday, 17th Augt, 1838. This is a fine day after the rain and the boys are mowing some grass in Willilam's clearance by Dowler's then they reaped barley in James' clearance. The girls are spreading flax. I reaped a little barley up the back of the line hill.

Saturday, 18th Augt, 1838. This was a fine day and the boys are reaping a little barley at Henry's place and Sam'l Asbell's cows have destroyed about 5 stacks of barley and some of the potatoes and they were all helping William in his hay and I have been threashing some barley and cleaned up one bushell and Joseph fetched down 13 sheaves and a little hay. Willilam's hay makers left here late tonight. My wife went down to the Village with Joseph and they were at Mr.Truesdell's.

Sunday, 19th Augt, 1838. This is a very fine day but the morning was very cool with symptoms of a frost. This is the 10th Sunday after Trinity. My wife, Henry, Mary, Joseph and Eliza were at Church. James was up the Ogmentation at Monsieur Le Marles. Thomas is in the bush somewhere or other. George's wife came up from Church with them and William Sinclair came up this afternoon and we went over to Henry's place a while to see if Asbell's cattle were in.

Monday, 20th Augt, 1838. This was a very fine day and Mr.Sinclair is filling up some letches and our boys are helping them bottom them and putting in the Lime &c. Then they were reaping barley at James' place and Joseph is reaping some barley at home and I have been raking hay over the River after dinner. The boys then put up hay in Willilam's place below by Dowler's and Mary is pulling flax. My wife has gone over to Mrs. Truesdell's and Willliam and us have finished the hay for the season. I took in 18 sheaves of barley. I have cleaned 2 bushells of barley.

Tuesday, 21th Augt, 1838. This was a fine morning but dull and James and Thomas were up the Hill at James' place storing away his barley. Henry is over at Skelly's with the oxen at his loging bee. I have been reaping a little barley and Joseph has been to Mr. Hobb's Mill with a bushell of barley. The cows broke through in the oats by the garden.

Wednesday, 22th Augt, 1838. This is a very fine day and Joseph has some hands to put up his barn, Gawn Brown, William and James Brown, George Copping, William Copping. Thomas Copping, Henry Copping and William Sinclair. Joseph has been to Mrs. Truesdell's twice. I have been over to Mrs. Dunn's place and delivered 4 pieces of plank to John Pollock and reaped a little barley an dcarried in 19 sheaves. Thomas is poorly. Joseph and Eliza are gone down with George tonight to reap for him &c.

Thursday, 23rd Augt, 1838. This is a very fine hot day and James and Henry are chopping a while at Henry's place. Thomas is poorly and I have been drying barley at Mrs. Dunn's place. Dowler's cows have been in the oats over the river and we have put in the few peas Mrs. Allen's sort and we have finished reaping barley and carried in 16 sheaves. Joseph & Eliza are at George's place.

Friday, 24th Augt, 1838. Had a small sprinkle of rain early this morning but came on very hot and Thomas and Henry are mowing this morning grass seed. James has gone down to Mr. Conley's stumping bee. Joseph and Eliza came home.

Saturday, 25th Augt, 1838. This was a fine day and Thomas, Henry and Joseph reaped rye and wheat a little while and then carried in grass seed and some barley. James is at work at his barn &c. I have been threashing and cleaned up some barley and sent one bushell to Mr. Hobb's Mill by Joseph to get it ground. Comes on a thunder storm tonight.

Sunday, 26th Augt, 1838. This was a fine day and Henry has gone down to Mr.McGie's and George's &c. Had a very light shower in the middle of the day. William Marlin and Mr. Dowler were here a while. This is the 11th Sunday after Trinity. No service at the church today. My wife and I went over to William's a while and Mrs. Dunn here a while.

Monday, 27th Augt, 1838. This has been a fine harvest day and the boys, James, Thomas and Henry are putting the rafters on James' barn then James and Thomas were reaping some wheat and begun a few oats. Henry is at Mr. McGie's reaping rye. Joseph is at George's place. I have been down to Mr. McGie's and to the Blacksmith's and got the horse shod. Mr. Pollock's mare and colt got in the oats over the river.

Tuesday, 28th Augt, 1838. This is a dull morning and James and Thomas are chopping at Henry's place. George and Henry are splitting shingles and I have been writing some letters to Quebec and Mr. & Mrs. Dugas, Julian Adlain and John and two children came here. I began to threash a few of the Allen sort of peas. Comes on a heavy sprinkle of rain about 1 or 2 o'clock. Mr. & Mrs. Dugas came here, John and his wife and child, Mrs. Truesdell and her child and stopped until the evening. Joseph and Eliza went down home along with George to reap some grain for him.

Wedneday, 29th Augt, 1838. This was a fine day but came on dull in the evening and tonight there came a little rain. William came and got our horse to go to Montreal and I sent a letter to Daniel McGie, Esq., respecting our land. James, Thomas, Henry and John Pollock aare loging at Henry's place and I have been finishing the Allen sort of peas and cleaning up one bushell and carried in 16 sheaves of wheat and Joseph's little barley and a few sheaves of rye but the rye wheat is but little good.

Thursday, 30th Augt, 1838. This is a fine growing morning after the rain. Boys are chopping and putting up the spouts at the potash &c. Joseph and Eliza at George's reaping &c.

Friday, 31th Augt,1838. This was a fine day but in the afternoon got a little dull. James, Thomas, Henry and John Mitchell are loging at Henry's place. My wife and myself were down at William's clearance next Dowler's to look at the oats and I mended a small gate and then I came home and tied up some rye and wheat and carried it in and begun to threash some barley. Our little dog Carlo died this morning, he has been bad this some time. Joseph and Eliza came up tonight and George with them.

Saturday, 1st Sept, 1838. We had a heavy shower this morning early and Mary and Eliza are gone down along with George and the boys are over at their log heaps. Joseph is over at the Mill with a bushell of barley. James, Thomas and Henry have been helping William put some rafter on his house. The boys Thomas, Henry and Joseph are down at George's this evening. We hear of old John McDonald being taken and put in goal.

Sunday, 2nd Sept, 1838. This was a fine day with the exception of a few small showers with a very cool wind and James was early up in his clearance and found that Brown's cattle have damaged the oats and rooted out one little patch of potatoes quite out. James, Thomas, Henry and Joseph were at Church. William's wife was over this afternoon.

Monday, 3rd Sept, 1838. We had a sharp white frost but a fine day and the boys and John Mitchell are reaping oats and they fetched in some peas and a few stook of the Pole wheat. I began to reap some of the wheat by the house. William came home with the horse and cart.

Tuesday, 4th Sept,1838. This was a fine day and the boys and John Mitchell are reaping at James' place.

Wednesday, 5th Sept, 1838. This was a very fine hot day and they are reaping oats at our own place and we got in some peas and rye &c. John Mitchell and his wife are reaping..

Thursday, 6th Sept, 1838. This is a very fine hot day and our boys and John Mitchell, his wife are reaping oats at William's place. I have been binding the lasst of the rye and I have been reaping some wheat and carried in 18 sheaves and carried in 56 sheaves of English oats. Joseph has veen to the Mill with a bushell of barley.

Friday, 7th Sept, 1838. This is a fine morning but dull and John Mitchell, his wife and our boys and Thomas Sinclair are reaping wheat till breakfast then they were reaping oats at James' place and Henry and Joseph carried in English oats 230 sheaves and put in 8 sheaves of wheat.

Saturday, 8th Sept, 1838. This is a dull morning but still the rain held off and we have carried in some oats and wheat. Thomas is at Mitchell's at work. Henry is at Pollocks. James is after the ashes &c. I have been threshing a few of the big peas and carried in some wheat and oats, 68 of wheat and 133 sheaves of oats.

Sunday, 9th Sept, 1838. This was a fine day and Henry was down to Mr. Dugas with a couple of letters, one for Charles and one for John Currin. The other boys are some one way and some the other. My wife and George's wife were over at William's and I wrote a letter for Mr. Keo and returned in the evening.

Monday, 10th Sept, 1838. This was a dull day but fine, there came a few drops of rain. We have William Marlin helping the boys reap wheat and oats and we carried in 428 sheaves of oats.

Tuesday, 11th Sept, 1838. This was a very fine day and John Mitchell, Wm. Marlin and Henry, Mary and Mr. Dowler are at the oats in William's clearance. Thomas is down with them. James and George are at the barn at James' place. I have been threshing some barley and bound some wheat and carried in 66 sheaves of wheat and 12 sheaves of Black oats. Brown's cows have been in James' crop and did a great deal of damage.

Wednesday, 12th Sept, 1838. This was a fine day and some are reaping oats inWilliam's place and John Mitchell and some are stacking some and we have been binding oats and wheat at home and carrying in and they have carried in some at James' place. The horse destroyed some oats.

Thursday, 13th Sept, 1838. This was a dull morning and rained a very little then it cleared up very fine and hot in the afternoon. I have been down to Mr. McGie's and to Mr. Truesdell's. Boys are reaping in different places and Mrs. O'Neal was here a while this afternoon. Henry was to the Mill with 1 bushell of wheat and 1 of barley.

Friday, 14th Sept, 1838. This was a fine day and we have some hands to help us log and clean up our swamp by the back of the barn. I reaped a little.

Saturday, 15th Sept, 1838. This was a fine day and the boys and Thomas Sinclair have been reaping at James' place and down at William's place and I have been reaping and binding at home and we have been carrying in some oats.

Sunday, 16th Sept, 1838. This was a very fine hot day and we have had some trouble in minding the cattle &c. The boys are at church, myself, my wife and Mary and Eliza remained at home. Mr. Dowler was in here a while this morning and we hear of Mr. John Colbourn leaving the country. Mrs. Sinclair was here and she gave us the money for the potash.

Monday, 17th Sept, 1838. This was a fine day and Mr. Law called out my wife early this morning. Thomas and Henry have been mowing green oats at James' place then they were reaping at William's place. I have been stowing away in the barn a while.

Tuesday, 18th Sept, 1838. This was a fine day and James has been clearing the last of his oats off in the barn. Thomas and Henry are down at John Mitchell's and James went for a half a day. I have been helping William in with his wheat then I was reaping a few oats and carried in a few. Joseph has been to Mr. Hobb's with a bushell of barley for Mr. Dowler. The sun was in eclipse this afternoon.

Wednesday, 19th Sept., 1838. This was a very fine day and James, Thomas and Henry were at John Mitchell's . Myself, Mary and Joseph reaped oats and finished and I bound some and carried them in. Wind from Northward.

Thursday, 20th Sept, 1838. This was a fine day with the wind from the Southward. James and Thomas and the oxen are at John Mitchell's Bee. Henry is at home at the potash house and after the ashes &c. and I have been down to Mr. McGie's and Truesdell's, then I came home and bound the last of the oats and carried them in.

Friday, 21th Sept, 1838. This was a fine day and my wife has some hands beetling some flax. Joseph is at Mr. Dowler's Bee. Thomas is at Mr. Marlin's. Henry is down at the Blacksmith's with the cart and plough traces &c to be repaired. I have been repairing the garden fence &c. Started to rain tonight.

Saturday, 22nd Sept, 1838. This was a wet morning as it rained heavily most of the night. It has been a fine dry time for a long while for the Harvest thank God for it. James is over at the Blacksmith's. Thomas and Henry are fencing in the oats stacks in William's clearance. I have been at the garden fence a while then my wife and I went down to Mr. Dowler's. Comes on a thunder shower tonight.

Sunday, 23rd Sept, 1838. This was a dull day but fine, thank God for it. It thundered and rained heavily in the night. The boys James, Henry and Joseph are loging at Henry's place. I have been threshing some grass seed & some barley &c. This is a cold evening.

SKIPPED A DAY IN THE DIARY

Tuesday, 25th Sept, 1838. This was a dull morning but came on a fine day. James, Thomas, Henry with the oxen are at William Marlin's loging Bee. Mary, Joseph and Eliza are digging potatoes at Henry's place. I have been threshing a little barley &c.

Wednesday, 26th Sept, 1838. This was a fine hot day and the boys and Wm. Marlin are loging at Henry's place. I have been threshing some wheat. The girls are beetling flax. Sent 1 bushell of barley to the Blacksmith's.

Thursday, 27th Sept, 1838. Rained a little this morning but cleared off a fine day and James is at Scalley's with the oxen. Thomas and Henry are chopping. Joseph has been to the Blacksmith's for the cart and my wife and Joseph are gone down to Mr. Dugas and took with them 1 bushell of wheat and 1/4 bushell of barley.

Friday, 28th Sept, 1838. This was a fine day and James, Thomas, Henry and Peter Skelly are loging at Henry's place. BROWN's cows have destroyed a great many of James' potatoes. I have been threshing some rye &c. The girls are beetlingthe last of their flax today. My wife and Joseph came up tonight. Very fine night.

Saturday, 29th Sept, 1838. This was a wet morning but turned out to be a fine day. William, James, Thomas & Henry are repairing emptying and filling letches, drawing ashes &c. Joseph and Mary are digging potatoes at James' place. I have been repairing the garden fence as Lion broke in this A.M.

Sunday, 30th Sept, 1838. This was a fine day and my wife, Thomas, Henry and Joseph were at church. Myself, Mary and Eliza remained at home taking care of the cattle &c. James is around his clearence somewhere I do not know where. Mrs. Cooley and her little child came here this forenoon and John Pollock and Florella Mitchell came home from church with them.

Monday, 1st Octr, 1838. This is a most excellent fine day and James is at Mr. Pollock's Bee. Thomas and Henry are chopping and loging a little by themselves. Mary, Joseph and Eliza are taking up potatoes at Mount Star. I have been down to George's with Mr.McGie, Mr.Truesdell's &c. and in the afternoon I took up a few potatoes. My wife has taken up some of the things in the garden. Paid to Mr. McGie 1/3 postage and got no change.

Tuesday, 2nd Octr, 1838. This is a very fine hot day and the boys are at their log heaps, ashes and at the potash house &c. Mary, Joseph and Eliza are at the potatoes.

Wednesday, 3rd Octr, 1838. It began to rain heavily at 12 o'clock last night then came on a heavy shower and blew very hard but it is a fine day. James, Thomas, Mary and Joseph are at the potatoes on Mount Star. Henry is boiling potash. I have been fixing a place and put up two hogs and I have finished threshing the little rye. Mary Cooley stopped here tonight.

Thursday, 4th Octr, 1838. Had quite a white frost this morning but was a fine day and James and Joseph are drawing barley from Henry's place. Thomas and Mary are at the potatoes at Mount Star. Henry at the potash. I have cleaned up one bushell of rye and began to thresh some barley we bought of Mrs. Dunn. Mrs. Cooley is here and her child.

Friday, 5th Octr, 1838. This was a fine day and James, Thomas, Mary and Joseph are taking up potatoes on Mount Star. Eliza is minding the cows and has taken up a few potatoes at the potash house. I have been threshing some barley and I have been fixing the garden fence wher Lion broke it down. It started to rain tonight. Peggy was over here tis evening with her child, sick woth the shooping cough.

Saturday, 6th Octr, 1838. There was a thunder shower in the night and comes on another this morning about nine o'clock. James, Thomas, Mary and Joseph are taking up potatoes. Henry is at the potash. I have been threshing some barley. Mary Cooley and her baby is here still. Thundered and rained most of the day. Took up a few potatoes and they melted a barrel of potash tonight.

Sunday, 7th Octr, 1838. This was a very fine day after the rain and myself, James and Joseph were at church and after I was at Mr. Truesdell's and Mr. McGie's. Henry is out at St Jacques' for something for Mrs. Cooley's child as they are here at present and the child is very sick.

Monday, 8th Octr, 1838. This was a fine day and James, Thomas, Henry, John Mitchell, John Pollock, Mary and Joseph are taking up potatoes on Mount Star. I have finished threshing the barley we bought of Mrs. Dunn and I went down to Mr. Robinson's and paid him on account by butter 2/19/5 and got some few things and came home &c. Thomas and Henry drew some hay from William's place.

Tuesday, 9th Octr, 1838. This was a fine day and James and the oxen are at the stumping for James Brown and then James, Thomas, Henry, Mary and Joseph were at the potatoes on Mount Star and I have cleaned up the barley and begun to thresh some oats for the horse to go to town with. My wife is over seeing William's child as it is sick with the whooping cough.

Wednesday, 10th Octr, 1838. This is a fine day and Henry started for MONTREAL with a barrel of potash, some barley and a tub of butter. Thomas and Joseph are at the potatoes and I have cleaned up a few oats.

Thursday, 11th Octr, 1838. This was a fine morning but dull and started tp rain a little and Thomas, Mary, Joseph and Eliza were pulling up the turnips and I have been fixing the plig sty some, Brown's cows have been in the turnips, potatoes, cabbage &c and destroyed them. Mr. McGie was here tonight.

Friday, 12th Octr, 1838. This was a wet day and part of the boys have drawn down the turnips from off Mount Star. I have been turning up the dung by the cow house door.

Saturday, 13th Octr, 1838. This was a fine day and Thomas, Mary, Joseph, Eliza and John Mitchell were raising the potatoes out of the drills and took up 50 bushells today. Mr. LeMarle came here tonight and stopped and slept here.

Sunday, 14th Octr, 1838. 18th Sunday after Trinity. This was a dull day with a little snow. Joseph is on an errand for Mrs. Cooley to Mr. Braces. George was here this forenoon. George, William and Mr. Dowler were here and James and Henry came home from MONTREAL.

Monday, 15th Octr, 1838. This was a fine morning but dull and John Mitchell and the boys are at the potatoes but it came on to rain and they were obliged to leave off. I have been threshing some oats.

Tuesday, 16th Octr, 1838. This was a fine day and they have been at the potatoes and I have been threshing some oats. My wife is over at William's as his child is sick. Comes on to rain tonight. Mrs. Cooley is here as yet.

Wednesday, 17th Octr, 1838. This is a fine day and the boys were at the potatoes two of them and have finished them. I threshed some oats. Thomas and Henry with the oxen are at John Mitchell's loging &c.

Thursday, 18th Octr, 1838. This is a fine day and James, Thomas & Henry are ploughing and stumping &c a while and I have been threshing oats, 14 bushells of oats and 1 ditto of rye.

Friday, 19th Octr, 1838. This was a dull day and I have cleaned up the oats and James has taken them and 1 bushell of rye to the Mill. Thomas and James have been grinding their axes this morning. Henry and the oxen are at plough for Mr. McGie. Rather inclined to snow. Came on to snow and rain this evening.

Saturday, 20th Octr, 1838. The ground was covered with snow this morning and after a while the most of it disappeared with rain and Henry is at plough with the oxen a while. James came home from the Mill with the meal and flour. I have threshed a few oats for the horse &c. Thomas and Joseph were over at William's place grinding and helping William finish the potatoes.

Sunday, 21th Octr, 1838. This was a fine mild day and we were most of us at home today as we expected the minister was not at home. 19th Sunday after Trinity. We found out afterwards that the Minister was not away. Mary and Eliza are gone up the Township to Rob. Johnston's &c. William, George, John Pollock, Mr. Dowler &c were here. Thomas has gone over to William's.

Monday, 22th Octr, 1838. This was a fine day. James is at Gawn Brown's Bee. Thomas has come home and ploughed a while. Henry is at his own place at something or another. I have threshed a few oats. Joseph drew a little firewood &c.

Tuesday, 23rd Octr, 1838. This was a fine day and my wife has about 10 or 12 lassies and women scuthing flax for her. James and Thomas are at plough a while. Henry is at his place and we have about 35 of a family here today and tonight. Had a little rain.

Wednesday, 24th Octr, 1838. This was a fine day but dull and all the people started home early this morning. James and John Mitchell and Thoms are mixing mortar today and Henry and the oxen are at Henry Law's Bee. I took a little beat out of the garden.

Thursday, 25th Octr, 1838. This was a dull morning with a little rain. Thomas and the oxen are at Mr. Sinclair's Bee and it comes on to rain and snow most of the day. I have threshed some oats. James has been lathing a while. Henry is at the Blacksmith's getting the horse shod &c.

Friday, 26th Octr, 1838. This is a fine mild day and Mr. Booth begun to plaster the rooms and James and Thomas attending him. Henry ploughed a while. Joseph fetched some grain out from Mr. Dowler's. I have been splitting laths &c.

Saturday, 27th Octr, 1838. This was a dull but mild morning and the boys have been clearing stones &c near the Line side. I threshed some oats &c. Comes on to rain. Mary and William's wife are gone down the Township to get a spinning wheel.

Sunday, 28th Octr, 1838. This was a dull day and we are all of us at home today as Mary and William's wife came home about 1 or 2 o'clock with the wheel. William Sinclair and Mrs. Cooley were here a while. 20th Sunday after Trinity.

Monday, 29th Octr, 1838. This was a fine day and the boys are clearing stones and ploughing of lay land by the line side &c. Thomas, Mary and Joseph are gone over to William's this evening as he has a Bee tomorrow. I have been splitting laths &c.

Tuesday, 30th Octr, 1838. This was a fine day but sharp frost and the oxen James, Thomas, Henry, Mary and Joseph are at William's ploughing Bee. I have been chopping wood, threshed a few oats, split some laths and attended the cattle &c.

Wednesday, 31th Octr, 1838. This was a sharp frosty day with a little snow and Mr. Booth came to plaster and James and Henry have been getting in mortar. Thomas is at John Mitchell's and my wife is down at Mr. Truesdell's and in the afternoon Henry is over at the Village with the horse and cart to draw some fencing for the CHURCH yard &c and at the Blacksmith's. I have been taking up parsnips.

Thursday, 1st Novr, 1838. This was a fine day till the evening but very cold and I have been taking in some cabbage. James is at William Brown's Bee. Henry attending Mr.Booth a while. Thomas and Joseph drawing some firewood and then they went to the Letches.

Friday, 2nd Novr, 1838. This was a mild day after the snow last night. James is attending Mr.Booth. Thomas and Henry finished the letches and set up sugar throughs. Joseph drew firewood. I have been fixing the barn door from the cattle.

Saturday, 3rd Novr, 1838. This was a fine mild day and James is attending Mr. Booth. Thomas is down at Mr. Allen's, Mrs. Robinson's &c. Henry and the oxen are at Sinclair's. Joseph cut firewood. I have cleaned up a few oats and put in a few cabbage &c. Comes on to rain tonight. My wife is at Mrs. Lindsay's as she is sick.

Sunday, 4th Novr, 1838. It rained the greater part of the night and this was a wet morning and foggy. Thomas and Henry were at William's. Clears up a fine moonlight night.

Monday, 5th Novr, 1838. This was a fine day and it is GUN POWDER TREASON and it seems that there is plenty of treason going on here and among the YANKEES. James and Thomas chopped. Henry and the oxen ploughed for himself. Joseph and the horse ploughed at William's. I took up the last of the carrots and some cabbage &c.

Tuesday, 6th Novr, 1838. This was a very wet morning then turned to a snowy day. Mr. Booth is plastering and the boys are in the house as they can do nothing out, lathing and such like.

Wednesday, 7th Novr, 1838. There is a sharp frost. James is attending Mr. Booth. Thomas and Henry chopped a while. Joseph drew some firewood. I have been helping Mr. Truesdell load some hay out of William's barn and pulled some cabbage out &c.

Thursday, 8th Novr, 1838. This is a very wet day. James is attending Mr. Booth. Thomas and Henry are drawing a few stones but they could do but little as it is so wet. I threshed some wheat and attended the cattle. Rains heavy tonight.

Friday, 9th Novr, 1838. This was a fine day after the rain and snow and the boys and John Booth are over at the Village putting down their names in a Volunteer list. I have took up the remainder of the cabbage and attended the cattle &c.

Saturday, 10th Novr, 1838. This is a sharp frosty but fine day and George, William, Thomas and Henry have attested themselves in the Village. James is up at Monsieur LeMarle's piling up some boards he has there. I have threshed some wheat. The Rebellers are carrying on a very bad trade burning the Protestant families out up the country. Mr. Booth has finished plastering.

Sunday, 11th Novr, 1838. This was a sharp frosty morning but got rather dull and mild in the day. The boys James, William, Thomas, Henry and John Pollock are throught the bush looking out a road for express of wanting &c.

Monday, 12th Novr, 1838. This is a fine day and we are all taking on in the Volunteer at the Village and we hear of the Rebellers being beaten back at Napperville and its neighbourhood. Some of our Englishmen got killed.


Journal for 1938 ends here.

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