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198   THE PIONEERS OF OLD ONTARIO

to Norwich alone was five days and the cost of carrying a letter to New York was two shillings, Halifax currency. There was at this time, no uniform currency for Canada.

Everything in use about the new dwelling was home-made. The oldest son made a wash-tub, wheel-barrow, and bedsteads, while the head of the family constructed a wooden harrow. Part of the furniture consisted of a chair with elbow rests and a table, both being of cherry. All of the wood used was cut green out of the

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surrounding bush. On January 29th and 30th, 1835, the oldest of the Treffry boys was engaged in making boots for "Litle Henry," a younger brother, and later in the year the father spent part of the time "mending boots." Frequent entries of this nature indicate that the shoes of the family, as well as furniture and utensils, were of home manufacture.

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