The Backwoods of Canada

Catharine Parr TRAILL (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fill up the void left by the absence of those lighter feminine accomplishments, the practice of which are necessarily superseded by imperative domestic duties.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. Summary from book introduction

Genre(s): Memoirs

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 INTRODUCTION & Departure from Greenock in the Brig _Laurel_ Esther
00:16:21
Play 02 Arrival off Newfoundland Esther
00:28:09
Play 03 Departure from Quebec Esther
00:10:16
Play 04 Landing at Montreal Esther
00:37:38
Play 05 Journey from Cobourg to Amherst Esther
00:33:47
Play 06 Peterborough Esther
00:38:41
Play 07 Journey from Peterborough Esther
00:25:33
Play 08 Inconveniences of first Settlement Esther
00:15:01
Play 09 Loss of a yoke of Oxen Esther
00:25:32
Play 10 Variations in the Temperature of the Weather Esther
00:35:29
Play 11 Emigrants suitable for Canada Esther
00:26:47
Play 12 "A Logging Bee" Esther
00:20:09
Play 13 Health enjoyed in the rigour of Winter Esther
00:41:11
Play 14 Utility of Botanical Knowledge Esther
00:41:46
Play 15 Recapitulation of various Topics Esther
00:48:39
Play 16 Indian Hunters Esther
00:24:38
Play 17 Ague Esther
00:14:43
Play 18 Busy Spring Esther
00:11:03
Play 19 APPENDIX Esther
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