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The Letter Bag of The Great Western; : or, Life in a Steamer

Author: Thomas Haliburton; Douglas Lochhead
Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2019] ©1973
Series: Heritage
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Aside from Sam Slick, the book which gained Haliburton the greatest notoriety was The Letter Bag of The Great Western; or, Life in a Steamer, published in 1840. Much of this book was composed for the diversion of the other passengers on Haliburton’s steamship voyage from Bristol to New York in 1839. The book’s ostensible function was the advertisement of the advantages of travel by steamship, but few, after reading  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Haliburton; Douglas Lochhead
ISBN: 9781442652385 1442652381
OCLC Number: 1091697101
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Frontmatter --
TABLE OF CONTENTS --
DEDICATION --
PREFACE --
No. I. THE JOURNAL OF AN ACTRESS --
No. II. LETTER FROM CATO MIGNIOSETTE (THE COLOURED STEWARD) TO MR. LAVENDER --
No. III. LETTER PROM CAPTAIN HALTPKONT OF THE TH REGIMENT OF FOOT TO LT. FUGLEMAN ——TH REGIMENT OF FOOT LT. FUGLEMAN --
No. IV. LETTER FROM A MIDSHIPMAN OP H. M. SHIP LAPWING TO AN OFFICER OP THE INCONSTANT --
No. V. LETTER PROM JOHN SKINNER, BUTCHER. TO MARY HIDE --
NO. VI. LETTER FROM ONE OF THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS TO HER KINSWOMAN --
No. VII. LETTER PROM A NEW BRUNSWICKEBR TO HIS FRIEND AT FREDERICTON --
No. VIII. LETTER FROM AN ABOLITIONIST TO A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT --
No. IX. LETTER FROM A CADET OP THE GREAT WESTERN TO HIS MOTHER --
No. X. LETTER FROM A LAWYER'S CLERK --
No. XI. LETTER FROM A TRAVELER BEFORE HE HAD TRAVELED --
No. XII. LETTER FROM A STOKER --
No. XIII. LETTER FROM A STOCKHOLDER OP THE GREAT WESTERN TO THE SECRETARY --
No. XIV. LETTER FROM A SERVANT IN SEARCH OP A PLACE --
No. XV. LETTER FROM A FRENCH PASSENGER TO HIS FRIEND IN LONDON --
No. XVI. LETTER FROM AN OLD HAND --
No. XVII. FROM AN AMERICAN CITIZEN TO HIS FRIEND AT BANGOR --
No. XVIII. LETTER FROM ELIZABETH FIGG TO JOHN BUGGINS --
No. XIX. LETTER FROM THE SON OF A PASSENGER --
No. XX. LETTER FROM THE PROFESSOR OF STEAM AND ASTRONOMY, OTHERWISE CALLED THE CLERK, TO THE DIRECTORS --
No. XXI. LETTER FROM MOSES LEVY TO LEVI MOSES --
No. XXII. FROM A SERVANT OF A FAMILY TRAVELING TO ASTORIA --
No. XXIII. THE MISDIRECTED LETTER, No. I --
No. XXIV. THE MISDIRECTED LETTER, No. II --
No. XXV. LETTER FROM A LOCO-FOCO OF NEW YORK, TO A SYMPATHISER IN VERMONT --
No. XXVI. LETTER FROM A COACHMAN ON THE RAILROAD LINE --
No. XXVII. LETTER FROM THE WIFE OF A SETTLER WHO CANNOT SETTLE --
No. XXVIII. LETTER PROM THE AUTHOR
Series Title: Heritage
Responsibility: Thomas Haliburton; Douglas Lochhead.
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Aside from Sam Slick, the book which gained Haliburton the greatest notoriety was The Letter Bag of The Great Western; or, Life in a Steamer, published in 1840. Much of this book was composed for the diversion of the other passengers on Haliburton’s steamship voyage from Bristol to New York in 1839. The book’s ostensible function was the advertisement of the advantages of travel by steamship, but few, after reading the passengers’ accounts of their voyage, would, if they took them seriously, ever venture off shore. The book’s principal sources of amusement – infirmities of the human body (seasickness), the peculiarities of spelling and grammar that arise from faulty or defective education, the cultural mores of other races and lower classes, and the outrageous punning.

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