by Kit Pearson
The War of 1812 Diary of Susanna Merritt, Niagara, Upper Canada, 1812.
11 May 1812 - I wanted Abbie to come and see this journal, but when we stopped at her house her mother made her stay and do chores.
Every evening after supper I sit on my stool in the parlour. Tonight Mama and Maria and I sewed while Hamilton told us more stories about Kingston. Then he brought up the subject I dread. "Everyone believes there will be a war," he said. Mama covered her eyes. "Oh, please pray that there is not," she said.