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1821. Excerpt: ... of the'latter falling into St Lawrence at the
kead of the island, the greater branch-taking a northerly
direction, joins it nine miles below the town. The soil is fertile,
especially that which lies contiguous to-the rivers. Montreal
mountain, celebrated for its beauty, is westward from the town two
miles; it is entirely covered with wood, even upon its top the
trees are full as large as those that grow around its base. To view
the surrounding country, I ascended by the east side, and with much
difficulty reached its summit. Here I had a horizon of at least one
hundred miles in diameter, under my observation. Casting a glance
northward, aver. the Ottaway, or grand river, instead of feeling
enlivened by the prospect, a certain degree of horror chilled my
spirits. The nameless variety of trees, at this time clothed with
leaves and blossoms, present a beautiful scene in the immediate
neighbourhood of the mountain. This disappears, and the eye rolls
over a seemingly trackless forest, resembling the surface of the
ocean when agitated with a strong breeze of wind. So small a
proportion does the cultivated part of the country bear to the
whole, that it is entirely buried from the sight. Hovr vastly
different is this from the landscape which burst forth upon the
delighted spectator upon Arthur Seat, or Eildon hills. Turning from
the joyless scene, I could not avoid exclaiming, "Who would be so.
foolish as to leave a civilized society, and drag out his days in
this wilderness?" However, the eye is quickly relieved by a
prospect towards the south. The glittering spires of Montreal, the
orchards, the farms, and the cottages, with the majestic St
Lawrence, all combine to engage the attention, and elevate the
mind, which is not only delighted in the contemplation of t...
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