22 January 1857

by layman k

I asked M[inott] about the Cold Friday. He said, “It was plaguy cold; it stung like a wasp.”  He remembers seeing them toss up water in a shoemaker’s shop, usually a very warm place, and when it struck the floor it was frozen and rattled like so many shot. Old John, Nutting used to say, “When it is cold it is a sign it’s going to be warm and when it’s warm it’s a sign it’s going to be cold.”

from the journals of Henry David Thoreau