CANADA: Its Defences, Condition, and Resources. Being a Second and…

CANADA: Its Defences, Condition, and Resources. Being a Second and Concluding Volume of "My Diary, North and South".

Edition: First US Edition

Boston / New York: T.O.H.P. Burnham / O.S. Felt, 1865. Octavo, original green honeycomb grain cloth decorated in blind, spine gilt lettered, cream endpapers. [2], xii, 311, [3] pp. Front free endpaper has a small chip to the upper inner corner and a June, 1865, ink name; nick to head of spine; nearly fine otherwise. "A lively and important report on the effects of war on Quebec. Russell, British correspondent with the American Union army during the Civil War, slipped up to Canada, found a 'wonderful calm...perhaps a little too much calm...but a relief from the ambitious restlessness of the common American.' In the Quebec Citadel messroom he sensed tension between French and Irish Catholics, and between British officers and French Canadians, added to a general hostility toward the Northern States: Canada defences were poor; modern long-range artillery could level Quebec and the railroad terminus at Riviere-du-Loup could easily be occupied. Social life in Quebec however was heart-warming; on gas-lit skating rinks, ladies dressed in breeches made a pretty sight." - Elizabeth Waterston, THE TRAVELLERS - CANADA TO 1900. TPL 4178. The UK edition, also published in 1865, contains two large folding maps not issued with the US edition, but it is textually identical. The book is not entirely focused on Quebec - the first four plus chapters cover his departure from New York and travel to Buffalo and thence up the Niagara peninsula of Canada and across Ontario. He stopped in Hamilton, Toronto, and Kingston, and of Toronto he wrote "The city is so very surprising in the extent and excellence of its public edifices, that I was fain to write to an American friend at New York to come up and admire what had been done in architecture under a monarchy, if he wished to appreciate the horrible state of that branch of the fine arts under his democracy." This was a pretty nakedly British partisan view and is grossly untrue. He also wrote at length on Canadian-British and Canadian-American relations and on the state of the country as a whole. A sequel to a Civil War classic and a considerable book in its own right.

Book ID: 11238
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