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Three Years' Residence in Canada, from 1837 to 1839. With Notes of a Winter Voyage to New York, andJourney thence to the British Possessions: to which is added ARe-view of the Condition of the Canadian People. By T.R. Preston,Late of the Government Service at Toronto.
London. RichardBentley. 1840. - 12mo, (in 12's), . 20.5cm, (tall copy), The FirstEdition, 2 volumes bound in One, xii,[errata leaf],285,[2] &vi,307pp., half title in volume one, bound in half dark greencrushed morocco, gilt decorated wide raised bands, crushed crimsonmorocco, gilt titles in two panels, gilt ruled borders on marbledboards, a fine copy attractively bound. (cgc) Sabin 65378. Storyp104. Matthews p98. Dionne II-1192. Gagnon I- 2804. Lande 724.T.P.L. 2302. There is no mistaking the element of pique in thedisdainful comments of Canada made by. Preston's firstimpressions were gained under unfortunate circumstances. He arrivedat Quebec in February 1827, was in Montreal during the riot thatprecipitated the rebellion in that province, and reached Kingstonduring the height of the excitement over the outbreak in Torontounder William Lyon Mackenzie. For the rest of his stay he wasemployed in Toronto. His bias appears in his criticism of the stagnant' British colonies as compared to the vigorous life of theUnited States, while the emergence of vigorous qualities among thesecond generation of Canadians is deprecated on the ground thatyoung Canadians would be far better employed in agriculture orbusiness than in over-crowding the professions and becomingcompetitors for public employment. It was Preston's view thatToronto society was pretentious. (Story). His work in thegovernment service in Toronto 1837- 1839; descriptions of the chieftowns, politics, economics, business, public works, land grants,condition of the Indians, settlers, etc. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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