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The Life of a Backswoodsman
Or particulars of the Emigrant's situation in the settling of the Wild Land of Canada.


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 this country.

(Signed) J. J. E. L.
Stratford, 10th December, 1842.

This is a microfilmed book which I've tidied up to make it more readable and have recompiled it into a pdf book which you can download here.

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