Letters from Nova Scotia: comprising sketches of a young country

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H. Colburn and R. Bentley, 1830 - History - 371 pages
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Page 344 - ... too easily satisfied with the bare existence that even indolence can procure in this country, and care little for raising themselves and their families to a state of comfort and abundance.
Page 82 - England, expressed to me, pithily, the ideas of the many on this subject. "Sixteen years ago, I came from the old country to Upper Canada : I soon thought I could do better, and tried all the great towns of the States, as far as Philadelphia. They may talk of their liberty, but I found none there ; it was as bad as in England ; for I was taxed for every thing. Well, I thought I'd make a trial of this country, and here I'm suited; we have no taxes to pay, and no man can shake a finger at us.
Page 272 - ... of the Sultana Scheherazade. ' It is a singular fact, that the quality of the young timber which, after a brief interval, springs up through the soil, is always the converse of that which has been destroyed : thus, if soft wood previously occupied the ground, hard wood, such as beech, birch, and maple, invariably replaces it ; and these in their turn are succeeded, after a conflagration, by the various pieces of fir. I do not remember to have heard any reasonable theories on this subject : —...
Page 12 - Stores," followed by a row of good dwellings; then an interval ; a garden, or the gable end of a temple of Vulcan ; a fine stone edifice standing apart, evidently for public purposes; and' opposite, a little wooden structure, setting at defiance all the rules of perspective, and looking as if ready to give up the ghost, with fear at the august appearance of its lordly neighbour. <The...
Page 276 - It is only the sight of a few large storehouses, with decayed timbers and window-frames, standing near the wharves, that will lead him to conclude that those wharves must once have teemed with shipmasters and sailors. The streets of the town are changed into avenues bounded by stone fences on either side, in which grass plants contest the palm of supremacy with stones.
Page 292 - Such a thing as hard cash is now seldom met with. Two scales of value, the ' cash price ' and ' goods price ', are established, and the various gradations thereof distinctly marked in all transactions between employers and labourers.
Page 300 - ... the whiteness of its stormy surf. At the head of this bay the white and compact town of Lunenburg is seen between two round green hills. The steamer passes around the outermost of these, and enters the snug little harbor. " The town of Lunenburg is situated at the innermost extremity of a peninsula, and to a military traveller presents a more formidable aspect than any other in Nova Scotia, the upper houses being placed on the crests of steep glacis slopes, so as to bear upon all approaches.
Page 248 - I know of no occasion more likely to arouse the choler of ao aristocratic Englishman than his arrival at one of these inns, before he has become acquainted with the character of the country. The last crack of the whip, which, in England, places, as if by magic, a stable-boy at the head of each leader and a waiter at the door, here dies away unheeded in an echo among the woods. He looks round with surprise — surmises that he may have mistaken the house — descends to inquire. By this time, a countryman...
Page 82 - how much did you pay for that respectable Benjamin I see thrown over the seal?" — He named the sum. — " I gave just half that price for mine in England: — do you see now how you pay taxes?" He could not comprehend. — " Well, we don't hear any thing of them...
Page 376 - A curious, a very curious publication, and one which affords a great deal of interesting information, and sets before us pictures of society and manners drawn in the liveliest tone, and bearing the stamp of perfect truth upon every lineament.

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