The Backwoods of Canada eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 306 pages of information about The Backwoods of Canada.

The following extract is taken from “official information” circulated by Mr. Buchanan, and other Government emigration agents in Canada:—­

“Emigrants, wishing to obtain fertile lands in the Canadas in a wild state by purchase from the Crown, may rely on every facility being afforded them by the public authorities.  Extensive tracts are surveyed and offered for sale in Upper Canada monthly, and frequently every 10 or 14 days, by the Commissioner of Crown lands, at upset prices, varying according to situation from 10 shillings to 15 shillings per acre, excepting in the townships of Sunnidale and Nottawasaga, where the upset price of Crown lands is 5 shillings only.  In Lower Canada, the Commissioner of Crown lands at Quebec puts up land for sale, at fixed periods, in various townships, at from 2 shillings 6 pence to 12 shillings 6 pence Halifax currency, per acre, payable by instalments.  Wild lands may also be purchased from the Upper Canada Company on very easy terms, and those persons wanting improved farms will find little difficulty in obtaining such from private proprietors.  On no account enter into any final engagement for your lands or farms without personal examination, and be certain of the following qualifications:—­ “1.  A healthy situation. “2.  Good land. “3.  A pure spring, or running stream of water. “4.  In the neighbourhood of a good, moral, and religious state of society, and schools for the education of your children. “5.  As near good roads and water transport as possible, saw and grist mills. “6.  A good title.”


Clergy Reserves sold in each year since the sales commenced under the
Act 7 and 8, Geo. IV. c. 62



[Transcription note:  The data presented below was originally in the conventional tabular row / column format.]

Row 1, Column Headings
Column 1:  Year. 
Column 2:  Number of acres sold. 
Column 3:  Average price per acre. 
Column 4:  Amount of purchase-money received within the first year. 
Column 5:  Whole amount of the purchase-money.

Row 2
Column 1:  1829
Column 2:  1,100 acres
Column 3:  4 shillings, 6 pence
Column 4:  10 pounds, 0 shillings, 0 pence
Column 5:  230 pounds, 0 shillings, 0 pence*

Row 3
Column 1:  1830
Column 2:  9,956 acres
Column 3:  4 shillings, 9 pence
Column 4:  543 pounds, 17 shillings, 0 pence
Column 5:  1,610 pounds, 3 shillings, 0 pence*

Row 4
Column 1:  1831
Column 2:  11,332 acres
Column 3:  7 shillings, 2-3/4 pence
Column 4:  541 pounds, 7 shillings, 6 pence
Column 5:  2,665 pounds, 9 shillings, 3 pence*

Row 5
Column 1:  1832
Column 2:  6,873 acres
Column 3:  5 shillings, 8-1/2 pence
Column 4:  533 pounds, 2 shillings, 2 pence
Column 5:  1,278 pounds, 11 shillings, 8 pence

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