Excerpt from Early Days in Upper Canada: Letters of John Langton From the Backwoods of Upper Canada and the Audit Office of the Province of Canada
During the first four years after my father came out to Canada he wrote home to his family circle in Eng land a series of letters which form the first part of this collection. These letters were carefully copied by his father, to whom they were chieﬂy addressed, and were bound in book form. They have thus been preserved in their entirety. The reason for copying them is sug gested by the only surviving original letter. At that time letters were sent without envelopes and, as post age was charged by the sheet and was expensive, long letters, like this which survives, were so diligently crossed in the writing that they were difficult to read or refer to. When my father's family came to Canada to join him this book of copied letters, com prising the letters from 1833 to 1837, was left behind in England with William Langton the elder brother. He copied from the occasional letters my father, con tinued to write to him portions of special interest, such as the extracts about Lumbering and the Clergy Reserves, but preserved the original manuscript of the letters about university affairs and the audit of the public accounts.
It was not until more than ten years after my father's death that his letters were brought out from their place of preservation and placed in my hands.
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