The Backwoods of Canada

being letters from the wife of an emigrant officer, illustrative of the domestic economy of British America

Published: 1836
Language: English
Wordcount: 88,363 / 260 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74.4
LoC Categories: CT, F
Downloads: 3,401
Added to site: 2004.11.14 9210

ing gallantly along, with a favourable breeze, through the north channel; that day we saw the last of the Hebrides, and before night lost sight of the north coast of Ireland. A wide expanse of water and sky is now our only prospect, unvaried by any object save the distant and scarcely to be traced outline of some vessel just seen at the verge of the horizon, a speck in the immensity of space, or sometimes a few sea-fowl. I love to watch these wanderers of the ocean, as they rise and fal with the rocking billows, or flit about our vessel; and often I wonder whence they came, to what distant shore they are bound, and if they make the rude wave their home and resting- place during the long day and dark night; and then I recall to mind the words of the American poet, Bryant,--

"He who from zone to zone Guides through the boundless air their certain flight, In the long way that I must tread alone Wilt guide my steps aright."

Though we have been little more than a week on board, I am getting weary


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I wasn't thrilled with this one at all. Really slow pace, too many descriptions of flora, and her letters are devoid of humour. Hence I didn't like it, but if you like stories of immigration to North America, give it a chance. The setting is 1832 Canada.

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