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The Backwoods of Canada

The Backwoods of Canada by Catharine Parr Traill
By: (1802-1899)

The writer is as earnest in recommending ladies who belong to the higher class of settlers to cultivate all the mental resources of a superior education, as she is to induce them to discard all irrational and artificial wants and mere useless pursuits. She would willingly direct their attention to the natural history and botany of this new country, in which they will find a never-failing source of amusement and instruction, at once enlightening and elevating the mind, and serving to fill up the void left by the absence of those lighter feminine accomplishments, the practice of which are necessarily superseded by imperative domestic duties. To the person who is capable of looking abroad into the beauties of nature, and adoring the Creator through his glorious works, are opened stores of unmixed pleasure, which will not permit her to be dull or unhappy in the loneliest part of our Western Wilderness. The writer of these pages speaks from experience, and would be pleased to find that the simple sources from which she has herself drawn pleasure, have cheered the solitude of future female sojourners in the backwoods of Canada.

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B A C K W O O D S O F C A N A D A =====================================

UNDER THE SUPERINTENDENCE OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE DIFFUSION OF USEFUL INFORMATION

THE LIBRARY OF ENTERTAINING KNOWLEDGE

BACKWOODS OF CANADA.

THE LIBRARY OF ENTERTAINING KNOWLEDGE

THE

BACKWOODS OF CANADA

BEING

LETTERS FROM THE WIFE OF AN

EMIGRANT OFFICER,

ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE DOMESTIC ECONOMY OF BRITISH AMERICA.

[Catharine Parr Traill]

LONDON: CHARLES KNIGHT, 22, LUDGATE STREET.

MDCCCXXXVI.

LONDON: PRINTED BY W. CLOWES AND SONS, 14, CHARING CROSS.

CONTENTS.

INTRODUCTION

LETTER I. Departure from Greenock in the Brig Laurel . Fitting up of the Vessel. Boy Passenger. Sea Prospect. Want of Occupation and Amusement. Captain's Goldfinch

LETTER II. Arrival off Newfoundland. Singing of the Captain's Goldfinch previous to discovery of Land. Gulf of St. Laurence. Scenery of the River St. Laurence. Difficult navigation of the River. French Fisherman engaged as Pilot. Isle of Bic... Continue reading book >>


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