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The Letters of Rusticus
By David Currie (1880)

I thought you might be interested in the attached book written by my great grandfather, David Currie, for Electric Canada.


He was an investigative journalist (way ahead of his time) for the Montreal Witness newspaper. He was sent west to write a series of dispatches for the paper which told of conditions that Canadian pioneers and homesteaders would find. The Witness later published the entire series of dispatches as this book, "The Letters of Rusticus" in 1880. It became a must-have resource.


David Currie also took on the Allan Steamship line which was bringing English and Scottish immigrants to Canada. There were many reports of deplorable conditions for these passengers. Currie made the crossing in steerage and reported on the dreadful conditions which brought about a major upgrade for these transatlantic crossings. Mighty impressive for his day I would say.


He was born in Aylmer, Quebec in 1834, the son of two Scottish immigrants (Neil and Flora Currie) who came to Canada from the Isle of Arran, Scotland in 1828. He died in 1916 and is buried at Mount Royal Cemetery in Quebec.


Hope you like it.




Bob Currie

Clan Currie Society


You can download either of two pdf versions...


Original pdf
Updates pdf single page format

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