|Title:||Extract of a letter from Thos. Rad cliff, Esq., to his Agent in Dublin.|
|Collection||Authentic Letters from Upper Canada [Rev. Thomas Radcliff]|
|Sender||Magrath, Thomas Wm|
|Origin||Adelaide, Upper Canada|
|Transcript||Adelaide, Caradoc, London District,|
Upper Canada, Feb. 1833
In August last I wrote to you, from Toronto, directing
the manner in which you should forward my remittances;
this is February, and as I have not heard in reply, I begin
to entertain some apprehension that you never received
my letter, although I sent it by New York, and post paid
it so far. The object of this is to trouble you with some
commissions, as every thing of British manufacture is here
nearly double the price it is in the mother country.
Considering all things, we are now very comfortably
settled, and should have little to complain of, if the state
of the roads would permit me to haul my luggage up from
the lake; but the mildness of the winter prevents this, as
there has not yet been sufficient frost and snow to admit
What renders this settlement peculiarly agreeable is the
circumstance of its being mostly peopled by British; many
of them, families of respectability, living within a few minutes
walk of me. We are making rapid advances as to
numbers and improvement; when the resources of the
country are more fully developed, (judging from what has
been done in so short a time,) there is every reason to look
forward to the future with the happiest anticipations from
the industry and enterprise of the emigrants. Last July,
this township was a wilderness without habitation; there
are now upwards of two thousand inhabitants, and houses
within every half mile along the road. A village has commenced
already; there are seven houses, two of them
shops; an hotel and post-office are in progress—the parsonage
was begun last week, and the church will be finished
in Spring. A family, which had been attached to some
choir in England, has arrived here, with capital voices
and good instruments, so that even your practised ear
would acknowledge the merit of the performance, in that
branch of our service.
It would astonish you to see the facility with which
they knock down immense trees in this country. I have
already thirty acres cleared.
Whenever you have a sufficient sum of money, lodge it to
my credit in the house of Messrs. Thos. Wilson and Co.
of Warnford Court, Throgmorton-street, London, Agents
for the bank of Upper Canada; as money lodged with
them, on the bank account, will be paid by the bank of
York, with benefit of exchange.
Bank stock is now upwards of twelve per cent.