Much to Be Done: Private Life in Ontario From Victorian Diaries

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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Ryan Taylor. Victorian Ontario included people from all walks of life from homeless beggars to wealthy gentry. In Much To Be Done we glimpse how life was lived in 19th-century Ontario, not only in the grand mansions, but also in the farm houses and streets where our ancestors lived. Diaries, with some contributions from letters, newspapers and reminiscences, provide a fresh and contemporary viewpoint. Much To Be Done promotes a historical understanding which links people of today with the Ontario of the past.

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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 09, Colleen Andrews rated it really liked it. Fascinating book. Only slight quibble: seemed more about affluent settlers than regular working-class people, but perhaps that was unavoidable. Probably the regular working-class were not keeping journals. Cynthia DeSantis rated it it was amazing Aug 24, Eva Kujawa rated it liked it Feb 09, Neal fleming rated it liked it Nov 10, Sherry rated it really liked it Jan 28, A little after four, all the young folk started for Sweet Briar.

Jacob stopped and called for Lizzie as he had promised her. At about seven we had our tea table arranged. Courtship and Wedding 29 Mary brought the cake with her whole, I was glad she did because it was quite an ornament on the table. We had a very jolly time over it. Mr Ruby kept the company in a laughing fit nearly all the time with his witty sayings, while we were partaking of the good things.

At Eleven o'clock the company separated. John took his bride home with him so my presence is needed no more and I am not much sorry. This was most a beautiful day not a cloud dimmed the calm azure vault of heaven. Sleighing is very good, for so very little snow as there is. Any romance in the family was of the greatest interest, but as they were all dazzled by the 'fellers' themselves, they wanted to know what Martha had caught. I hope we will see the doctor when we go down to Walpole I expect he will be a sight to be seen for I have heard so much about him.

I expect we will be disappointed in him for I have imagined how he looks and I suppose he will look different from what I expect. We spent a very pleasant evening. I was never so disapointed in the looks of a person in my life. But I guess hombly folks are always good. We had a glorious time and saw Martha married for sure. Mr Roy married them. We had the dinner passed around but we had a splendid dinner. Let me see if I could tell how the ceremony was done. When 30 Much to be Done we first went there we were met at the door by Mr.

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Then we went to the bedrooms and took off our things, and fixed a little of course came out into the parlour. Lacy brought Mima in then the Dr. Lacy the Dr. I thought I would not kiss the Dr. Louisa's later comments seem to verge on sour grapes. Martha thinks she lives very happy but I do not think it will last long, for she tries to rule to much 27 May Old World customs and traditions were often brought to Ontario, and maintained by those who held them dear.

The London Evening Advertiser and Family Newspaper reported on "an odd procession" which passed through the streets of Goderich, "being composed of two couples in wedding rig, in front, and about fifty persons, male and female, old and young, bringing up the rear. The unusual sight created much interest, especially on the part of the ladies; but a party of men and boys, whose reverence for olden customs was exceeded by their sense of the ludicrous hooted after the processionists in a very uncomplimentary manner.

The happy bride and bridegroom in prospective however, marched on as bravely as though they expected nothing short of martyrdom when they arrived at church. Courtship and Wedding 31 Our Wedding Day.

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Up early down in garden gathered flowers helped mother and Kate to dress Got dressed married in church by Mr Allen—left by 10 then spent day in Port Hope had a drive to ML pulman at Diary of Lillian de Grassi, 5 September Or, friends picked a wedding bouquet for them. Cab calling for me to go to the grounds, where Daisy, B.

Diary of Mary Brown, 29 August The wedding cake was a very important item. Commenced making a wedding cake: My mother I mean, we helped to mix [illegible] very hard work, baked it in the bake kettle in the dining room. George went shooting with Mr John Steele, dined with him, cake out about dusk, very Tiresome my Mother found it icing it, the almond paste worked beautifully.

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My mother tired. George home late. This afternoon we made and baked my wedding cake. It was expensive, and therefore "special," and kept well. Diary of Eleanora Hallen, 26 February 32 Much to be Done A bride's cake was often served at weddings, perhaps in addition to the wedding cake. Several kinds of cake would be served, even at a relatively modest wedding, as people were greater cake eaters then than now.

The wedding outfit was a major concern for the bride to be. Today has been cold and somewhat snowy. This morning ma and I went to Guelph and got my hat and shoes and gloves. We got home about and found cousin Mary Watson here. We met pa just across the railroad on his way to Parish's mill for flour. He got Ibs and Mr John Edwards brought it up home for him.

Much To Be Done Private Life In Ontario From Victorian Diaries

Diary of Ann Amelia Day, 18 March Every wedding present would be acknowledged by a personal note of thanks. It was considered to be quite proper for the bride's mother or sister to assist in writing these, but the bride must sign her name to them. If you lived in the country, mail was a never ending source of hope. You might have a letter from a friend or faraway family member. Families such as the Campions of Marmora township, who were not rich, depended on those in larger centres to send them newspapers, which were read by everyone. Their importance was such that Victoria Campion noted their arrival in her diary.

Sometimes the mail brought even more exciting things. Received a paper from Miss Hamilton with some wedding cake in it [her cousins] Diary of Mary Victoria Campion, 19 September Young women were encouraged to take a piece of wedding cake and place it under their pillow at night. They were then said to dream of the man they would marry. Perhaps that is what became of the wedding cake delivered to the Hallen sisters after Tom Hodgetts' wedding. It was Courtship and Wedding 33 kept quite a secret from C Hodgetts but she found the bonnets under Tom's bed by accident they informed us.