Strickland, Major [Samuel] and Agnes Strickland (Ed.).
. Twenty-seven Years in Canada West; or, the Experience of an Early Settler.
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London: Richard Bentley, 1853. First edition, two volumes in one (pp. xix, 311; viii, 344).Duodecimo (20 cm) in red publisher’s cloth, gilt titles and decoration to spine, boards with decoration in blind. Samuel was the successful colonial business person in the Strickland family, and Agnes, who stayed at home to write the popular lives of the royals (Lives of the Queens of England), edited her sisters’ work, and used her influence with London publishers to get it published, was the family’s literary success. Sam’s book is a loose collection of notes and observations of pioneer and colonial life. "Samuel Strickland (1804-1867) came to Canada in 1825. He first spent time in Newcastle District and then later cleared some property for a farm in Otonabee Township. He later sold his farm and purchased land in Douro and there he began clearing land at the present site of Lakefield [his house, rebuilt after a fire, is on Queen Street]. He was active in church, military and town life. In 1847 he became a Major and in 1851 he was the Reeve of Douro for three years. He also became a Justice of the Peace. During the years of 1828-1831 he worked for John Galt in the Canada Company. In his later years, Samuel established an agriculture school for young men and boys interested in pioneer farming. Around the same time that Samuel moved to Douro, his sisters Catharine Parr Traill and Susanna Moodie arrived in the area” with their husbands (Strickland Fonds, Bata Library, Trent University). Faded red and gilt on covers, abrasions to spine ends, hinges starting; generally a bit loose but holding, text clean and unmarked, with Major J. D. L. Howson’s bookplate. Very Good.
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