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I. DUTIES payable in Canada on goods im-

ported - 371

II. Allowances at the Custom-house - - 373

III. Post-office regulations - 374

IV. Roads and distances in Canada - - 375

V. List of governors of Canada - - 377

VI. List of the counties—number of representa-

tives—and of parishes - - - 378

VII. Account of provisions and lumber imported

into the West Indies in the years 1804, 1805,

and 1806.

VIII. Account of the value of exports from Eng-

land to America and the West Indies, exclusive

of the United States, in 1806, 1807, and 1808 379

LETTERS

FROM

CANADA.

LETTER I.

AC Sea, May, 1806.

I Promised to write you, my worthy friend, on my arrival in Canada; I will do more; I will write you before I get there. You may perhaps say, What can be found worthy of notice on the face of the trackless ocean? Not so much, I grant you, as in the cultivated vale, or crowded city. But on the ocean even, we meet with occurrences which highly excite' our curiosity, and merit our attention. Our approach to the American shore; our crossing the Gulf of St. Lawrence; our progress up that noble river;

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cannot fail to furnish objects well deserving remark.

The promise I have made you, to communicate whatever is new and interesting, will act as a stimulus to observation, and keep my attention on the alert. Canada is a most important country to Great Britain. It claims our attention from its geographical position relative to the United States; from its extent of territory ; from its numerous productions; and from its rising value as a British colony. Few subjects are likely to be more interesting than the topographical description of a country so little known to us, presenting every where features peculiar and striking, and phenomena well deserving the attention of any one the least acquainted with natural history. It is very interesting also to trace the character of a people up to its origin, in the nature of the government and laws; the state of the administration of justice; a\\d the peculiarities of their local situation, and of their climate; from all which, nations receive a bias in their manners, customs, and pursuits. It shall be. my endeavour, during my residence in Canada, to elucidate these

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