The following “Life of
a Backwoodsman” is written by a settler in the Huron District, (formerly
the “Huron Tract”) Canada West. He has lived in the Village of Stratford
and its neighbourhood for more than nine years past, having arrived at
that place in July, 1833, though the village was then existing almost
only in name. The writer has written the “Life” from actual observation
and experience; he has borne a share of all the hardships of a settler,
and the vicissitudes and trials endured, by an emigrating family. He
would disdain to write what is not consistent with truth. The remarks in
the “Life” may therefore, as regards the details given, be depended on
as containing what is true.
He hopes that what he
has written may prove useful to intending emigrants, and direct them in
some particulars connected with the situation they will be placed in, in
(Signed) J. J. E. L.
Stratford, 10th December, 1842.
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