I wish we had returned to Halifax for the winter, as some did, because it was hard to keep our little house warm. I kept busy clearing our new 30-acre lot outside the town. But it was harder for my wife and the little ones.

The next year, 1754, we put in a bigger garden, including potatoes, flax for oil and linen, oats, turnips and barley. I sold some timber cut from our land to a boat headed for Boston, which brought us useful cash. Some livestock arrived by the end of the summer and was distributed among us. Gardens did not do well that year due to drought. And over the winter many of the animals died for lack of food.
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