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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 139, January 8-10, 1853

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Identifier: DX01241652

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 139, January 8-10, 1853

Description: Comments on the differences between Canadians and Americans.


precocity manifest in Yankee-olive-branches,) sliding and skating; lots of civil Scotchmen. Paved streets and good display in the shops. I make two purchases, a fur cap & gloves, gauntlet shape. Walking about all the morning till 1, then return to lunch and the “North American.” Writing and general fraternization.

9. Sunday. Long walk with the telegraphic Canadian to see College and Asylum. Collegians in dresses familiar to me at Oxford. At the Telegraph Office, witnessing the mode of working. I like the Canadians, they are sociable and friendly; — there’s none of that hard, restless, cosmopolitan Americanism manifest which, while it makes the U.S. citizen so self-reliant and dominant, and respected divests him of home feelings and comforts. If ever the time comes, and I suppose it will, that Canada joins in the great aggressive march of the mighty republic, I for one shall be sorry to think that these pleasant home associations will be submerged.

I like to hear kindly English thoughts spoken in an English tongue, in an English Colony. And I very much like Canada.

10. Monday. Up before daylight, and am

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-01-08

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Clothing and dress


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