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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1830. Excerpt: ... but learning that the land I was going to was swampy, returned to Clear Creek. I found musquitoes in this trip, but not so troublesome as I had supposed they would be, and there were also a variety of snakes, all harmless, except the copper-head and rattle snake; but it is seldom that persons are bit by these, and old residents do not dread them, as many vegetable antidotes are well known in the woods; in fact, they are acquainted with the name and virtues of every plant, while new comers are years learning the names of trees only. CHAPTER V. ENGAGEMENT WITH COLONEL TALBOT--HIS FARM, GARDEN, AND ORCHARDS DESCRrBED JOURNEY TO FORT ERIE--THE COUNTRY., ITS PRODUCE, AND RESOURCES NOTICED. Aug. 9.--Returned to Colonel Talbot's, who recommended my waiting until the survey of the new township of Orford should return from the land office at York, where it had been sent for inspection, and the reserves marked out, I could have an early choice, to which I assented: and as the Colonel's foreman, or overseer of his farm, soon after left his situation, I engaged to succeed him. The harvest this season is earlier than usual, through the long continued drought and hot weather. A Canada summer is much like the finest and hottest we have in England: but I am told the heat increases at a distance from the lakes. The Colonel's wheat and oat crops fair, the peas good; but too dry for potatoes and corn. Aug. 14.--" Hauling" peas, (that is, drawing them on waggons to the stack). Aug. 16.--Rain all day, with the wheat and oats in the field yet for want of hands, the harvest in the neighbourhood being nearly all finished for the year. The Colonel has about 150 sheep shut up in a pen at night to preserve them from the wolves, (this is not done in old settlements); they are of var...
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