By Eric Ross

As in his renowned past ebook past the River and the Bay, the majority of the tale is instructed via a personality of Ross' invention, Ian Alexander Bell Robertson. Robertson, an Edinburgh gentleman born on the finish of the Scottish enlightenment, received a deep sympathy for the displaced crofters and agricultural labourers of the Scottish Highlands. He lived in Quebec urban among 1840 to 1842 to arrange a research of the Canadas meant both as a advisor for the immigrant or, as Ross feels much more likely, a list of the colonies in the mean time they united and launched into a promising destiny jointly. whereas Ross himself units the paintings in historic context and explains using a fictitious writer, it's Robertson, a prepared observer, who describes intimately a number of facets of Canadian existence in 1841: transportation, communications, social associations and customs, lifestyles at the new farms, and the connection among the French and English citizens of the colonies -- a dating which in lots of methods resembles that of this day. through the ebook, Ross has interspersed snippets of knowledge and representation to complement Robertson's writings. Scrupulously researched and simply available, jam-packed with desire and Promise will curiosity an individual wishing to understand extra approximately daily life in top and decrease Canada on the time of the 1841 Union.

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One lawyer might be French, the other English. It was easier for each to think and to argue in his own tongue, although he might soon find himself speaking in his adversary's language as he warmed to his argument. If he became too heated, the court crier might intervene with a call for "silence," alternately using the French and English pronunciations. TWO PEOPLES, ONE COUNTRY leaving the countryside to the French. Before long, English became the accepted language of commerce and, by 1841, all commercial signs were in English - even those on shops and inns with French Canadian proprietors in areas far removed from the English population.

In Upper Canada, newspapers are buzzing with tales of the excesses said to be taking place - especially among the youth - at revival meetings that are often held in remote locations back in the forest. Such talk was less likely to arise during the week-long retreat held in the Quebec cathedral in the fall of 1840. There, religious fervour was rekindled in separate meetings - one for men only, another for women - conducted each day by a conservative preacher of extraordinary power, Monseigneur de ForbinJanson, the former bishop of Nancy in France.

When they arrived at Quebec they did not even have enough money to pay the carters for the removal of their luggage. Since then, they have been sustained largely through the generosity of the people of Lower Canada. When they finally reached their fellow countrymen in the bush there was a generous outpouring of Highland hospitality. Without hesitation, the old settlers were sharing the provisions they had laid in for the winter and were taking into their cramped huts as many as twenty newcomers.

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