Entertaining Girls at
Twickenham farm stood on the west side of
Yonge Street north of
Elgin Mills. From 1836
to 1843 it was home to the
Smith family. One of their children,
Larratt Smith, Jr., left to study law in Toronto, but kept
diary records of his weekend and holiday visits to the home farm:
A Summer Weekend
Saturday 2nd [July 1840].
went into the woods & swung all morning on a tree while I mended the leaky
water puncheon, helped to plant broccoli & picked gooseberries. After
dinner I saddled Fop but
Adelaide tumbled off &
would not ride. Music in the evening & singing.
Sunday 3rd. After church we walked in the fields to
see the horses & I played the fool with the girls.
came over, I put up the tent & had great fun all morning. Then after dinner
I harnessed Fop & Mask and we all piled into the lumber wagon & drove
down to a party at
Parsons farm where
we sang songs & danced. I waltzed with
Miss Irving to
the music of "Forget me Not" & "Have Yesterday" till 1 in the morning.
Tuesday 5th. Raining hard all morning. I was having
such great fun fooling with the girls on the verandah I nearly missed the stage
coach which came by at 10 o'clock. The stage was so full I was obliged to ride
outside. Got into town about 2 p.m.
Mary Larratt Smith,Young Mr. Smith of Upper Canada(Toronto:University of Toronto Press,1980),p. 64
A Winter Holiday
Wednesday 29th [December 1841]. This morning I drove
over to Boyd's farm to borrow a few things for our party tomorrow. Coming home
I took us on a sleigh ride through the field but just as we neared our gate,
the mare was thrown down & the sleigh upset in a snow bank.
Miss Irving a
little cross this evening, no waltzing. I went out & skated on
Mr. Boyd's pond
Friday 31st. Our party last night was not as large
as usual, as the
Parsons were all
unwell with bad colds,
Acland's wife had
hurt her hand, &
could not be prevailed upon to let the girls come. However the
Stewart & his wife, all came, everyone danced & all seemed
satisfied with the supper. The party broke up soon after 1 as it began to snow
Mary Larratt Smith,Young Mr. Smith of Upper Canada(Toronto:University of Toronto Press,1980),p. 73