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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 212, October 1-2, 1858

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Identifier: DX03580386

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 212, October 1-2, 1858

Description: Regarding the state of agriculture in Canada.

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October.

1. Friday. Witnessing pig-killing and the subsequent operations. Loafing generally. Mr [William] Conworth returned at night. Saw more of the Tews and other folk. Agriculture in Canada is now under a bit of a cloud, in consequence of last winter’s financial crisis. Before then everything was couleur de rose, prices high, farmers building themselves fine houses, land selling at perhaps double its present rates. Money here will fetch exhorbitant rates of interest, many farms are deeply mortgaged and oftentimes the lender steps into possession, while the imprudent farmer clears out for the West — that universal transatlantic resort for all hard-up people. Wheat is the principal product being the only grain which brings hard cash. Paris has its flour mills. It got its name, not as one naturally conjectures from original French settlers, but from its plaster of Paris, in of which article the vicinity abouts. The land is well tilled generally, no tree-stumps defacing the fields now brightly green with the newly-planted wheat. They grow Indian corn, but only for domestic uses. They live easily, plentifully, not very roughly, nor do they work hard. Now it’s quite leisure time. Winter brings plenty of snow and sleighing, “logging” in the woods and blazing fires in doors. This Conworth family is one of the kindest, honestest, pleasantest. O, the superiority of an English home to an American one. I am already dreading the time when my holiday will be over and I back in my New York boarding-house again.

2. Saturday. To Martins with George [Bolton]. (Mr M. [Joseph Martin] had brought my baggage from Paris yesterday, per wagon.) Then

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-10-01

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Wheat
Flour
Farmers
Corn
Winter
Agriculture
Farms
Diaries

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