Place Published: Montreal
Publisher: Gazette Printing and Publishing Co.
Date Published: 1902
Binding: Hard Cover
6 x 9 inches, (, 300pp, xci appendices). Original green cloth with gilt titles, spine lightly sunned. Six plates - Frontis Frances Stewart at 72, Old Letters, Mr. Stewart, An early Sketch of Peterborough, Peterborough in Early Days and The Old Log House. A very attractive copy of an uncommon title. p34 with a production crease. p123-130 with a 1/4” tear at top of pages, otherwise very good plus condition.
Being Extracts from the Correspondence of the Late Frances Stewart. Compiled and Edited by Her Daughter E.S. Dunlop. Second edition, with much added correspondence added (first was in 1889).
A scarce copy of an important record of early settlement.
Ephemera included: Two family photographs pasted to front pastedown dated Christmas 1914 (perhaps descendants of Frances Stewart?). Signed July 31, 1902 letter written by E.S. Dunlop (née Stewart), daughter of Frances and editor of this book. Letter thanks the unknown person sent to for a gift and hopes the book (Our Forest Home) helps with the person tracing her family. Letter on tissue has old tape marks, now flat and in good condition.
The Stewart's immigrated from Ireland to settle on the Otonabee River in Douro Township in 1822. The Stewarts were among the first European families to settle in the Peterborough-Lakefield region in the first half of the nineteenth century and to make a go of it; their neighbours included the Traills, Moodies, and Stricklands. "The book is full of the day-to-day life of the family, the way in which the children of the first generation suffered as they were drawn into the laborious life of the farm, the easing of strain with the coming of additional settlement (the founding of Peterborough in 1825), and the later scattering of the children to new and more settled homes." - Story, Oxford Companion to Canadian History and Literature.
Dunlop, Eleanor (nee Stewart), 1819-1907, was the second daughter of Thomas and Frances Stewart. In 1845, "Ellen," as her close friend Catharine Parr Traill called her, married Charles Dunlop (1817-1906), a successful Otonabee farmer. Ellen, with Catharine's assistance, edited Frances Stewart's letters for Our Forest Home (Toronto, 1902)
Very Good+. Item #1307