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Travels in Prince Edward Island, Gulf of St. Lawrence, North America, in the years 1820-21. Undertaken with a Design to Establish Sabbath Schools, and Investigate the Religious State of the Country; Wherein is given a Short Account of the Different Denomi
Edinburgh: Printed for David Brown, Chalmers and Collins in Glasgow, John Johnstone in Dumfries and Knight and Lacey in London. 1823.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Book 12mo, 18cm, xi,12-132p., engraved folding frontis map, in contemporary half maroon roan, gilt titles along the spine, gilt ruled borders on marbled boards, marbled endpapers, fine copy, rare. (cgc) Andrew Macphail's copy, dated 1935, with his signature on the free fly. Sir Andrew Macphail, (1864-1938), physician and author, was born at Orwell, Prince Edward Island. The author of several books and notably, the translator of Louis Hemon's Maria Chapdelaine, (Tor. 1921). From 1907 to 1937 he was professor of the history of medicine in McGill University. T.P.L. 1226 Sabin 36400 Waterston p39. (Travels). Not in Lande. Gagnon I-1804, (2 vols in 1), giving the date, 1824. Amicus. (4). - First (sole) edition of this rare description of Prince Edward Island by the Scottish traveller Walter Johnstone. The island population had been substantially augmented in 1803 with the arrival of 800 Scottish High-landers and Johnstone had travelled across the Atlantic as a missionary. His intentions in the 'Letters' are described in brief on the title-page: "The Author of these Letters went out for the express purpose of surveying Prince Edward Island, and collecting information on the subject of Emigration. During two Summers, and one Winter, he was assiduously engaged in the prosecution of this object; and the small Volume now presented to the Public, will be found to contain a full and particular Account of the Climate, Soil, Natural Productions, and Mode of Husbandry adopted in the Island; together with Sketches of Scenery, Manners of the Inhabitants. the whole being intended for the guidance of future Emigrants, particularly as to what Implements and Necessaries it may be proper to provide themselves with before crossing the Atlantic."The 'Travels' is a more detailed analysis of the religious complexion of the islanders (English, Irish and Scottish) and describes Johnstone's attempts to provide structured religious education for the Highlanders and other settlers. The two works also give notable accounts of the native American population (the Mi'kmaq Indians) and of potato cultivation. Waterston p39. "A resume of denominations, church buildings and clergymen on the Island, as seen by a Presbyterian setting out to further the Sunday School movement. Johnstone also reports on black- horned cattle, lean and long-legged sheep, pigs so hungry they will catch a fowl and eat it live, wooden frame houses, and the barrens near Charlottetown. .
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