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Catharine Parr Traill, sister of the writers Elizabeth and Agnes Strickland and Susanna Moodie, is best known for her naturalist writing about nineteenth-century Upper Canada. She was a letter-writer widely respected and eventually rewarded for her skills in botany. Commenting on Catharine Parr Traill's outpouring of practical advice to female settlers, contemporary critic Clara Thomas dubs her the "Mrs Beeton of nineteenth century Canada." Bibliographic Citation link. Traill also published a number of stories for children; the best of these incorporate her scientific observations. Characteristically, she wrote: "Nothing that exists in the animal, vegetable or mineral world is unworthy of our attention." Bibliographic Citation link.
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9 January 1802 Catharine Parr Strickland, later CPT, was born in Rotherhithe, near London, into a large family, shortly before they all moved to Suffolk. Bibliographic Citation link.
January 1836 Charles Knight published a volume of CPT's letters as The Backwoods of Canada: Being Letters from the Wife of an Emigrant Officer, Illustrative of the Domestic Economy of British America. Bibliographic Citation link.
Late August 1899 CPT died peacefully at a cottage on Stony Lake, Ontario. Bibliographic Citation link.
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