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UXBRIDGE in 1830s-40s

“About 1840, dissension among the Quakers caused a division amongst the congregation, and the dissenters moved north, where they built themselves a new place of worship on the corner of William Ferguson’s farm, on the 6th conc.”   Hvidsten, J Peter, Uxbridge: the First 100 Years. 1800-1900. Port Perry: Observer Publishing of Port Perry, 2010, p14.

log house 1836 log house 1836


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Quaker Meeting House, 6800 Concession Road 6, Uxbridge Ontario, Canada


An excellent, cheap, useful biscuit can be made as follows: Rub into a quart of fine flour, about an ounce of butter or lard, and a little salt: mix with cold water into a stiff smooth paste; roll it out, and strew dry flour on the paste, work this flour in well with a rolling pin, fold it together, knead it and roll it again, throwing over it more dry flour, working it with the rolling pin till the flour is incorporated; and do this several times, as long as you can knead it smooth: break it into small pieces, and roll in your hand, about the size of a large walnut, then roll with the pin into thin biscuits, prick them with a fork, and bake on a flat pan in a brick oven; if the oven be cool, they will be tough; the more dry flour you can work into the dough the better will be the biscuit. These are useful if you have no cakes at hand, and are good for the sick; rolled fine make capital pap for weaned babies. I learned to make them, under the direction of a physician, as food for a delicate infant; many persons I have taught to make these biscuits, and they will be found very useful where the fermented bread causes acidity, and soda biscuits and American crackers are not at hand, or the housewife too poor to buy them.” Catharine Parr Traill. The Canadian Settler’s Guide. Toronto: 1855. Reprinted, McClelland and Stewart, Ltd., 1969, pp 97-98.

catharineCatharine Parr Traill. Featured image “Westover”

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