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BEING A

COLLECTION OF POEMS,

WRITTEN IN SOME DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE TERRITORY

OF THE HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY,

AND IN THE WILDS OF CANADA, ON THE ROUTE TO THAT TERRITORY,

IN THE SPRING AND SUMMER OF 1844:

INTERSPERSED WITH SOME

Illustrative Notes.

BY

GEORGE J. MOUNTAIN, D.D.

LORD BISHÓP of MONTREAL.

PUBLISHED, (IN THE EVENT OF ANY PROFITS ACCRUING,) FOR THE

BENEFIT OF BISHOP'S COLLEGE, AT LENNOXVILLE,

IN LOWER CANADA.

And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.

LONDON:
FRANCIS & JOHN RIVINGTON,
ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD, AND WATERLOO PLACE

AA FOTIONS

LONDON:

GILBERT AND RIVINGTON, PRINTERS,

ST. JOHN'S SQUARE,

PREFACE.

The objects of the visit to Prince Rupert's Land, which furnished occasion to these poems, with some particulars of the journey, and some descriptive sketches, as well as some details of information respecting the country, the moral and religious condition of its inhabitants, and the Missions of the Church established for their benefit, appear in three letters from the Author to the Secretary of the Church Missionary Society, recently published by that body under the title of a Journal', of which they form a

| Journal of the Bishop of Montreal, during a visit to the Church Missionary Society's North-west America Mission Hatchard, London.

of

kind of abstract. If the poems should in any quarter excite sufficient interest to prompt a desire for information which can throw fuller light upon the various scenes and incidents to which they refer, those letters will precisely form the proper accompaniment to the present publication ; and there are few things in the world which the Author of the poems can more ardently desire, than to draw attention to the statements contained in the letters, and to the appeal to the religious sympathies of England, with which the last of them is closed.

It was in furtherance of the objects of that appeal, that the profits of the present publication, if any should accrue, were originally designed to be applied. The Author had intended that, in the event of their so far exceeding the expectations which he could reasonably frame, as to make them at all worth offering towards a fund for the endowment of a Bishopric in the

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