A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels - Volume 18 eBook

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799.  An Account of the Countries adjoining to Hudson’s Bay.  By Ar.  Dobbs. 1744. 12mo.

800.  The State of Hudson’s Bay.  By Ed. Humphraville. 1790. 8vo.

801.  Account of Prince of Wales Island, in the Gulph of St. Lawrence.  By J. Stewart. 1808. 8vo.—­A good deal of information on the soil, agriculture, productions, climate, &c.:  the zoology imperfect.

802.  Hall’s Travels in Canada and the United States, 1816-17. 8vo.

802.  Howison’s Sketches of Upper Canada. 8vo. 1821.

Hall’s is a pleasant and lively work, unfolding many of the peculiarities of the manners, customs, &c., of Canada and the adjacent parts of the United States.  Howison’s is the work of an abler man:  it is rich in valuable information to emigrants; and is, moreover, highly descriptive of scenery and manners.  The part relative to the United States is superficial.

804.  Collection des Plusieures Relations du Canada, 1632-1672. 43 vols. 12mo.

805.  Charlevoix’s Travels in North America, translated from the French. 1772. 2 Vols. 4to.—­The physical and moral state of the inhabitants are the principal objects of this work.

806.  Carver’s Travels through the Interior Parts of North America, 1766-68. 8vo.—­There is much information in this work respecting that part of America, which has lately attracted so much attention from its vicinity to the supposed north-west passage; it is in all other respects, except natural history, an interesting and instructive work.

807.  Long’s Voyage and Travels of an Indian Interpreter. 1774. 3 vols. 4to.  Volney characterizes this work as exhibiting a most faithful picture of the life and manners of the Indians and Canadian traders.

808.  Weld’s Travels through North America, 1795-7. 2 vols. 8vo.—­Travels in the United States derive their interest and value from a variety of sources:  the inhabitants of these states under their government, and the peculiar circumstances in which they are placed, must be a subject of deep attention and study to the moralist, the philosopher, the politician, and the political economist, while the country itself presents to the naturalist many and various sources of information and acquisitions to his knowledge.  The travels of Mr. Weld, and most of those which we shall have to enumerate, were undertaken for the purpose of ascertaining what advantages and disadvantages an emigrant would derive from exchanging Europe for America.  Thus led to travel from the principal motive of self-interest, it might be imagined that these travellers would examine every thing carefully, fully, most minutely, and impartially:  in all modes except the last, it has certainly been done by several travellers; but great caution must be used in reading all travels in the United States, because the picture drawn of them is too often overcharged, either with good or evil.  Mr, Weld’s is a respectable work; and like all travels, even a few years back, in a country so rapidly changing and improving, from this cause as well as its information on statistics, toil, climate, morals, manners, &c. may be consulted with advantage.  It is to be regretted that he, as well as most other travellers in America, was not better prepared with a scientific knowledge of natural history.  Canada, as well as the United States, is comprized in Mr. Weld’s travels.

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