London: Parker, son, and Bourn, 1861. vi,,121,2pp. 12mo. Original publisher's cloth, stamped in blind and gilt. Binding very lightly rubbed. Contemporary ownership inscription on front fly leaf. Very minor foxing and toning. Very good plus. An interesting Canadian emigrant guide written by a woman, pointing out the advantages afforded by rural life in the Canadian bush, including chapters on "Hunting for a home and professional prospects"; "Housekeeper's chapter"; "The climate of Canada; its effect upon the European"; and "Farming in Canada, an occupation whereby the most may be made of a small income." Mrs. Copleston relates her arrival in Canada in 1856 with her husband, two children, their nurse, and two dogs, detailing their journey from Quebec to Kingston and Orillia in their "hunt for a home." She soon discovered that although Toronto, "as the metropolis of Upper Canada, is full of opportunities of indulging in gaieties, visitings, and parties....Every day confirmed us in the opinion that a life of inactivity in a town ill-suited our habits, as well as our pockets. The quantity of fuel we had to buy at a dear rate; the price demanded for all we consumed seemed exhorbitant....Add to this the distant prospects of any professional, or other sedentary employment, made it still more decisive that an agricultural and rural life was best adapted to our circumstances." A handsome copy. TPL 4052. GAGNON II 516. MATTHEWS 277. (Inventory #: WRCAM50743)
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