Elizabeth Simcoe’s diary, describing Canada from 1791 to 1796, is heritage written because it was once being made. Created principally whereas she used to be seated in canoes and bateaux, the diary records nice occasions in a well-known means and opens our eyes to a facet of Canadian heritage that's too little shown.
During her time in top Canada (now Ontario), Mrs. Simcoe encountered attention-grabbing figures, one of these explorer, Alexander Mackenzie, and Mohawk leader, Joseph Brant. She took specific curiosity within the First international locations humans, the social customs of the early settlers, and the wildlife of a land that contained an insignificant 10, 000 non-Natives in 1791. the world she saw so vividly used to be particularly alien to a girl used to an international of ball robes, servants, and comfort in England, however the lieutenant-governor’s spouse was once made up of stern stuff and embraced her new atmosphere with take pleasure in, leaving us with an account instilled with pleasure and enjoyment at every thing she witnessed.
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Capt. Shaw is a really brilliant, friendly Scotchman, a highlander. His relatives are to come back from N. Brunswick to U. Canada subsequent summer season. Capt. Shaw gave me an outline of the Moose Deer which they name the following Orignale & of which we consume the moufle. Their legs are see you later & their our bodies so heavy that they step to the ground of the Snow, yet they're so robust that they though trot 10 miles an hour & commute during the such a lot unbeaten nation, subsisting at the moss of timber & younger boughs. They commute in droves, the most powerful going first & after they come to an exceptional position for looking remain until eventually they've got taken the entire gentle boughs & then search one other station. they are tamed, but when numerous will not be saved jointly, within the spring they're going to most likely go back to the Woods. The Moose Deer is often met with in New Brunswick & the Caribou that's so gentle an animal as scarcely to wreck the Snow. i've got noticeable a caribou at Mr. Finlay’s. It used to be like an English Fawn. T. sixth We dined & supped at Mr. Finlay’s the Postmaster-General. W. seventh Drove in an open Carriole to Coll. Caldwell’s. I gave a dance to 30 humans this night. i used to be this week in a coated Carriole riding in the direction of the Isle of Orleans, yet a part of the River having frozen while the tide was once coming in quick & blowing clean the Ice was once so tough that i used to be fairly Sea unwell within the Carriage. As we handed the furrows of Ice, the big lots accumulated in a few locations many toes excessive, shaped a unprecedented sight. F. ninth leader Justice Smith dined the following. The Fusileers acted the sweetness this night. T. thirteenth Supped at Mr. Ogden’s. W. 14th Supped at Mr. Coffin’s. T. fifteenth Went to a musical celebration & a dance on the Barracks which was once very friendly. The Fusileers all dance in addition to count number Schernischoff or any recognized Russians. one other mail arrived and no letter from you, my expensive buddy Mrs. Hunt. How is it that you just I esteem so clever, would not have had remark sufficient to have figured out by way of the inside track papers that Packets visit N. York & Halifax each month & are instantly forwarded from thence right here? Do you no longer have in mind Lake Champlain & Lake George & all that course from N. York to Quebec that you have so frequently drawn & that's handed always & in a swift demeanour whilst the lakes are frozen? This city is now provided with clean Cod in a frozen kingdom from Boston far away seven hundred miles & it really is offered at 6d in line with lb. so that you have facts that we're not excluded from communique with the remainder of the area, or destitute of Luxuries. we've had a few very good Venison from the township of Matilda above Cataraqui. I daresay you do not forget that identify at the Map above four hundred miles from as a result. i locate our Maps to be little higher than Sketches, little of the rustic being surveyed. The Surveyors draw slowly & i'm informed after they are looking to swimsuit their map to the Paper don't scruple removing a number of miles of a River or including to it. Coll. Simcoe has had a letter from Capt. Murray from Hallifax, which position he compares to Capua. Coll. Simcoe makes an analogous criticism of Quebec the place he reveals few males of studying or info; Literary Society now not being essential to the leisure of girls i'm rather well off among the ladies & fairly locate this a pleasant Sejour.