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In the spring of 1794 Simcoe built a summer residence in the woods on the high ground overlooking the River Don, north of the town of York, just beyond the present St. James Cemetery.
Mrs. Simcoe's Diary says, There was a party of Ojibway Indians here, who appeared much pleased with the firing. —a salute of 21 guns to celebrate the occasion. One of them took Francis in his arms...
My first sight of the country, which was to exert such an important influence on my career, was, when after crossing the more cultivated wheat-belt of Manitoba, the wonders of the Prairie flashed upon my eyes in Saskatchewan and Alberta. - C.W. Jefferys
Robert Field, born Gloucester, England, about 1770. Came to America about 1792, and worked in New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Boston until 1808, when he settled in Halifax until his death in 1819.
The first Legislative Buildings in York were situated at the lower end of the present Berkeley Street. They were burned by the Americans during the occupancy of York in April, 1813.
This picture is copied from a lithograph by H. Linch, after a painting by H. D. Thielcke. It shows the official or gala costume worn by Canadian Indian chiefs about 1796.
In 1797 Count Joseph de Puisaye, a refugee from the French Revolution, laid a plan before the British Government for the settlement of a number of French Royalist émigrés on lands to be granted to them in Canada.
Bedsteads were furnished with a canopy, called a tester, and side curtains which could be drawn close to keep out draughts and night air, which was thought to be harmful to health.