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HALL, Captain Basil
Travels in North America, in the Years 1827 and 1828. In Three Volumes
Edinburgh: Cadell and Co, 1829. Hardcover. Ex library-good. 3 vols.: iv, ii, 421; 432; vii, 436, 4 p. 22 cm. Fold-out colour map at front of vol. I. Fold-out table at rear of vol. III. Original publisher's bindings respined in tan paper. Corners a bit worn. Foxing is mainly to first and last pages. Library markings at top of first Contents pages and occasionally elsewhere. Basil Hall, FRS (1788 – 1844) was a British naval officer from Scotland, a traveller, and an author. From the beginning of his naval career he had been encouraged by his father to keep a journal, which later became the source for a series of books and publications describing his travels. In 1829 Hall published these Travels in North America, which caused some offence due to his criticisms of American society. One is not surprised that an American schoolteacher objected to Hall's opinion that Scottish, not American, pronunciation, should be used in the classroom (Vol. I p. 28). Hall's overall opinion was that "With the Americans ... there is always a solemn sort of enigmatical assumption of the intricacy and transcendent grandeur of their whole system, not to be comprehended by weak European minds" (p. 212). Having spent six weeks in the United States, Hall and his party moved on to Upper Canada where he observed "how great a change in many of the most essential particulars of national character, and customs, and appearance, a short half-mile ... could make. The air we breathed seemed different ..." As to Canada's future, he states: "It seems to be a pretty general opinion, that there are only two … [Click Below for Full Description]
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