Canada, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Other British Provinces in North America, with a Plan of National Colonization

Canada, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Other British Provinces in North America, with a Plan of National Colonization

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ...makes it greatly inferior even to the secondary Falls of the Mohawk, or Trenton, or the Genessee, in the United States; and to place it in comparison with the overwhelming grandeur of Niagara, would be to do violence to all the rules of taste and judgment. Near the Falls is a house, which was at one time the residence of the late Duke of Kent, the father of Her present Majesty, when he commanded the forces at Quebec; his brother, the late King William IV., having been here many years before him, as cap. tain of a ship of war. It was near these Falls that General Wolfe met his first repulse, when he attacked the position of the French General Montcalm, and was driven back, and compelled to reembark, with the loss of 700 of the Hessian troops engaged in the assault. There are extensive sawmills here, worked by the stream of the Montmorenci; and as there are upwards of a hundred saws in motion at a time, an entire cargo of planks is said to be completed by these mills in the space of a single day I These mills are fed by a large wooden chute, or trough, about six feet broad and six fee_t deep, extending for nearly half a-mile in length, and having a declivity of perhaps twenty degrees, so that the torrent rushes through it with an amazing velocity, estimated by some at fifty, and by others at a hundred miles an hour! In the winter, when the river St. Lawrence is frozen over below Quebec, the Falls of the Montmorenci send out a spray, which, lodging on the ice of the river below, just beyond the point of its actual descent, freezes, and, by accumulation, causes a mound, which increases every hour, by fresh spray from the Fall freezing almost as fast as it descends. As this process goes on all through the winter, the conical mass of ice formed by the...show more

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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236501918
  • 9781236501912