The Englishwoman In America By Isabella Lucy Bird


In the few places where the land had been cleared the cultivation was
tolerable and the houses comfortable, surrounded generally - Page 80
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In The Few Places Where The Land Had Been Cleared The Cultivation Was Tolerable And The Houses Comfortable, Surrounded Generally By Cattle-Sheds And Rich Crops Of Tartarian Oats.

The potatoes appeared to be free from disease, and the pumpkin crop was evidently abundant and in good condition.

Sussex Valley, along which we passed for thirty miles, is green, wooded, and smilingly fertile, being watered by a clear rapid river. The numerous hay-meadows, and the neat appearance of the arable land, reminded me of England. It is surprising, considering the advantages possessed by New Brunswick, that it has not been a more favourite resort of emigrants. It seems to me that one great reason of this must be the difficulty and expense of land-travelling, as the province is destitute of the means of internal communication in the shape of railways and canals. It contains several navigable rivers, and the tracts of country near the St. John, the Petticodiac, and the Miramichi rivers are very fertile, and adapted for cultivation. The lakes and minor streams in the interior of the province are also surrounded by rich land, and the capacious bays along the coast abound with fish. New Brunswick possesses "responsible government," and has a Governor, an Executive Council, a Legislative Council, and a House of Assembly. Except that certain expenses of defence, &c., are borne by the home government, which would protect the colony in the event of any predatory incursions on the part of the Americans, it has all the advantages of being an independent nation; and it is believed that the Reciprocity Treaty, recently concluded with the United States, will prove of great commercial benefit.

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