Mrs. Simcoe's Diary

Mrs Simcoe s Diary Elizabeth Simcoe s diary describing Canada from to is history written as it was being made Created largely while she was seated in canoes and bateaux the diary documents great events in a

  • Title: Mrs. Simcoe's Diary
  • Author: Elizabeth Posthuma Simcoe Michael Gnarowski
  • ISBN: 9781550027686
  • Page: 249
  • Format: Paperback
  • Elizabeth Simcoe s diary, describing Canada from 1791 to 1796, is history written as it was being made Created largely while she was seated in canoes and bateaux, the diary documents great events in a familiar way and opens our eyes to a side of Canadian history that is too little shown.During her time in Upper Canada now Ontario , Mrs Simcoe encountered fascinating figElizabeth Simcoe s diary, describing Canada from 1791 to 1796, is history written as it was being made Created largely while she was seated in canoes and bateaux, the diary documents great events in a familiar way and opens our eyes to a side of Canadian history that is too little shown.During her time in Upper Canada now Ontario , Mrs Simcoe encountered fascinating figures, such a explorer, Alexander Mackenzie, and Mohawk Chief, Joseph Brant She took particular interest in the First Nations people, the social customs of the early settlers, and the flora and fauna of a land that contained a mere 10, 000 non Natives in 1791 The realm she observed so vividly was quite alien to a woman used to a world of ball gowns, servants, and luxury in England, but the lieutenant governor s wife was made of stern stuff and embraced her new environment with relish, leaving us with an account instilled with excitement and delight at everything she witnessed.

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    1. This is an awesome account of Mrs. Simcoe's time in Upper Canada from about 1792-1796 when she accompanied her husband, Governor Simcoe, here from England. Elizabeth Simcoe's artistic and writing talents shed much light on the nature of Upper Canada's geography, its citizenry, and even its wildlife. During my own research I was so taken with this book that I bought my own copy as a treasure to have on my own bookshelf. Mrs. Simcoe was anything but a stay-at-home wife as she left some of her chil [...]

    2. I'm fascinated by the idea of a Jane Austen type gentlewoman transposed into the pioneer country of Upper Canada. Sadly, without the artworks that Mrs Simcoe created to accompany her diary jottings, a lot of the book reads a bit like a Twitter profile (Dined with Mrs Smith supped with Lady Dorchester). However, there are some fascinating glimpses into the creation of Toronto - the laying out of Dundas Street, cutting Yonge Street through the forest. Also side references to the tensions with the [...]

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