By Frederick de la Fosse, Scott D. Shipman
Farming within the Canadian backwoods within the past due 1800s used to be a prospect that enticed many younger Englishmen to move the Atlantic. One such fellow used to be Frederick de l. a. Fosse, whose well-meaning uncle paid ?100 every year for his younger nephew to function a farm student within the northern reaches of Muskoka. a few years later, de los angeles Fosse, less than the pseudonym of Roger Vardon, wrote an illuminating and funny biographical account of the pains and tribulations of the "English Bloods," the neighborhood epithet connected to those younger lads trying to hone farming talents in a land by no means meant to be agricultural. And, in so doing, de l. a. Fosse chronicles the realities of pioneer lifestyles within the quarter. within the unique textual content, released in 1930, a few names have been replaced to hide identities of the local community. Editor Scott D. Shipman has spent over 8 years studying the actual names and total history for this new augmented version of English Bloods. The richly descriptive textual content written through the keenly observant and erudite de l. a. Fosse is complemented through archival visuals and annotations for today’s reader. Frederick de l. a. Fosse went directly to develop into a public librarian in Peterborough in 1910.
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There were no cupboards visible, but instead there were two or three rough shelves resting on pegs that had been placed in the walls. On these were arrayed the family crockery and bottles containing sundry condiments like vinegar, jam and pickles. One end of the room had been partitioned off to provide sleeping accommodation for Captain and Mrs. Harston and this, on the advent of Garrett who had arrived a few weeks earlier than we had, was again divided to provide a cubicle for him. The main room contained, besides the articles already referred to, the kitchen stove.
I simply had to believe him and mentally registered a vow that, failing a gun, I would always go armed with a dagger whenever I had to roam the woods alone. Perhaps some of my readers have experienced the pain or pleasure of journeying on an ox-wagon. Those who have will agree with me that there are swifter and easier modes of locomotion. The country we were traversing was very heavily wooded. There were few clearings to let in the sunlight, and the consequence was that mud was lord of all. We passed over long stretches of rocky upland interspersed with miles upon miles of swamp, and it was a toss-up which was the worse for travelling on; rocks and corduroy roads were equally unpleasant in rendering one's seat uncomfortable and deranging one's interior.
Yearley's place, which he had told me was situated on the main road and would be easy to find. As I had nothing to carry but my cane and overcoat and handbag, it seemed an easy matter to reach his house before he retired for the night. I paid my reckoning at the hotel and, telling the landlord that I was going to put in the night at Mr. Yearley's home, bade him farewell and started on my journey. Bracebridge has grown a good bit since that day and boasts fine residences, prosperous factories and good streets.
English Bloods: In the Backwoods of Muskoka, 1878 by Frederick de la Fosse, Scott D. Shipman