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Roughing It in the Bush is an account of life as a Canadian settler by Susanna Moodie. Moodie . Tangence (in French) (62): 34– Susanna Moodie (). Roughing it in the bush, or, Forest life in Canada (Canadian ed.). Toronto: Maclear.
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This is a reproduction of a book published before This book may h. Probably Canada's best known settlement story, this autobiographical account Twenty years later,Roughing It in the Bush, a classic depiction of pioneer life in. Moodie immigrated to Upper. Title, Roughing it in the bush, or, Life in Canada. Published, London: R. Similar Items. Roughing it in the bush, or Forest life in Canada. Publication date Topics Frontier and pioneer life. She alone is shown to have had the intellectual distinction. Putnam, 10 Park Place.

Roughing it in the Bush, or Forest Life in Canada

Told with wit, spontaneity, and candour, Susanna Moodie's account of life on a backwoods farm captures an important part of Canadian history, now available Roughing It in the Bush chronicles Susanna Moodie's harsh and often humorous. First published in , and in its third edition by , this description of pioneer immigrant life in Canada by Susanna Moodie is unsentimental and. Lawrence, that king of streams, that great artery flowing from the heart of the world, through the length and breadth of the land, carrying wealth and fertility in its course, and transporting from town to town along its beautiful shores the riches and produce of a thousand distant climes.

What elements of future greatness and prosperity encircle you on every side! Never yield up these solid advantages to become an humble dependent on the great republic—wait patiently, loyally, lovingly, upon the illustrious parent from whom you sprang, and by whom you have been fostered into life and political importance; in the fulness of time she will proclaim your childhood past, and bid you stand up in your own strength, a free Canadian people!

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British mothers of Canadian sons! Teach them to love Canada—to look upon her as the first, the happiest, the most independent country in the world! Exhort them to be worthy of her—to have faith in her present prosperity, in her future greatness, and to devote all their talents, when they themselves are men, to accomplish this noble object.

Make your children proud of the land of their birth, the land which has given them bread—the land in which you have found an altar and a home; do this, and you will soon cease to lament your separation from the mother country, and the loss of those luxuries which you could not, in honour to yourself, enjoy; you will soon learn to love Canada as I now love it, who once viewed it with hatred so intense that I longed to die, that death might effectually separate us for ever. But, oh! All such comparisons are cruel and unjust;—you cannot exalt the one at the expense of the other without committing an act of treason against both.


But I have wandered away from my subject into the regions of thought, and must again descend to common work-a-day realities. The pleasure we experienced upon our first glance at Quebec was greatly damped by the sad conviction that the cholera-plague raged within her walls, while the almost ceaseless tolling of bells proclaimed a mournful tale of woe and death.

Scarcely a person visited the vessel who was not in black, or who spoke not in tones of subdued grief. They advised us not to go on shore if we valued our lives, as strangers most commonly fell the first victims to this fatal malady.

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This was to me a severe disappointment, who felt an intense desire to climb to the crown of the rock, and survey the noble landscape at my feet. I yielded at last to the wishes of my husband, who did not himself resist the temptation in his own person, and endeavoured to content myself with the means of enjoyment placed within my reach. My eyes were never tired of wandering over the scene before me. It is curious to observe how differently the objects which call forth intense admiration in some minds will affect others.

The Scotch dragoon, Mackenzie, seeing me look long and intently at the distant Falls of Montmorency, drily observed,. I was not a little amused at the extravagant expectations entertained by some of our steerage passengers. The sight of the Canadian shores had changed them into persons of great consequence. The poorest and the worst-dressed, the least-deserving and the most repulsive in mind and morals, exhibited most disgusting traits of self-importance. Vanity and presumption seemed to possess them altogether.

They talked loudly of the rank and wealth of their connexions at home, and lamented the great sacrifices they had made in order to join brothers and cousins who had foolishly settled in this beggarly wooden country. Girls, who were scarcely able to wash a floor decently, talked of service with contempt, unless tempted to change their resolution by the offer of twelve dollars a month.

To endeavour to undeceive them was a useless and ungracious task. After having tried it with several without success, I left it to time and bitter experience to restore them to their sober senses. In spite of the remonstrances of the captain, and the dread of the cholera, they all rushed on shore to inspect the land of Goshen, and to endeavour to realize their absurd anticipations. We were favoured, a few minutes after our arrival, with another visit from the health-officers; but in this instance both the gentlemen were Canadians. Grave, melancholy-looking men, who talked much and ominously of the prevailing disorder, and the impossibility of strangers escaping from its fearful ravages.

This was not very consoling, and served to depress the cheerful tone of mind which, after all, is one of the best antidotes against this awful scourge. The cabin seemed to lighten, and the air to circulate more freely, after the departure of these professional ravens. The captain, as if by instinct, took an additional glass of grog, to shake off the sepulchral gloom their presence had inspired. The visit of the doctors was followed by that of two of the officials of the Customs;—vulgar, illiterate men, who, seating themselves at the cabin table, with a familiar nod to the captain, and a blank stare at us, commenced the following dialogue:—.

Custom-house officer after making inquiries as to the general cargo of the vessel :—"Any good brandy on board, captain? Officer: "Oh, thank you.

We are sure to get it genuine from you. Any Edinburgh ale in your freight?

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Captain with a slight shrug : "A few hundreds in cases. I'll send you a dozen with the brandy. Captain quite impatiently : "Yes, yes; I'll send you some to smoke, with the brandy. My readers would have laughed, as I did, could they have seen how doggedly the old man shook his fist after these worthies as they left the vessel. If I had those villains at sea, I'd give them a taste of brandy and ale that they would not relish.

The day wore away, and the lengthened shadows of the mountains fell upon the waters, when the Horsley Hill , a large three-masted vessel from Waterford, that we had left at the quarantine station, cast anchor a little above us. She was quickly boarded by the health-officers, and ordered round to take up her station below the castle. To accomplish this object she had to heave her anchor; when lo!

Uproarious was the mirth to which the incident gave rise among the crowds that thronged the decks of the many vessels then at anchor in the river.

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Speaking trumpets resounded on every side; and my readers may be assured that the sea-serpent was not forgotten in the multitude of jokes which followed. Laughter resounded on all sides; and in the midst of the noise and confusion, the captain of the Horsley Hill hoisted his colours downwards, as if making signals of distress, a mistake which provoked renewed and long continued mirth. I laughed until my sides ached; little thinking how the Horsley Hill would pay us off for our mistimed hilarity.

Towards night, most of the steerage passengers returned, greatly dissatisfied with their first visit to the city, which they declared to be a filthy hole, that looked a great deal better from the ship's side than it did on shore. This, I have often been told, is literally the case. Here, as elsewhere, man has marred the magnificent creation of his Maker. A dark and starless night closed in, accompanied by cold winds and drizzling rain.

We seemed to have made a sudden leap from the torrid to the frigid zone. Two hours before, my light summer clothing was almost insupportable, and now a heavy and well-lined plaid formed but an inefficient screen from the inclemency of the weather. After watching for some time the singular effect produced by the lights in the town reflected in the water, and weary with a long day of anticipation and excitement, I made up my mind to leave the deck and retire to rest.

I had just settled down my baby in her berth, when the vessel struck, with a sudden crash that sent a shiver through her whole frame.

Alarmed, but not aware of the real danger that hung over us, I groped my way to the cabin, and thence ascended to the deck.