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The urbanized central Canada, with common patterns of work and ways of living, extended from the French-settled areas along lakes Ontario and Erie to the Detroit and St Clair rivers. To the north of the French St Lawrence valley agriculture, the genteel English settlers around Peterborough and the British and French settlers along the Ottawa River developed a different economy and culture: trapping, logging and lumbering, and mining. In this world, extending from Lake St Jean to Mattawa on the Ottawa river to Georgian Bay at the mouth of French River, Amerindians and newcomers from many cultures interacted.
Groups organized themselves to support each other; men came with neighbours and cousins, women with other women. 4 After the repeal of the British Navigation Acts in 1849, which ended the exclusion of foreign ships from the St Lawrence, migrants came in whatever ships were available and cheap. Families from Norway, for example, came on Norwegian boats engaged in the timber trade between Canada and Britain. Rather than using ballast, on their empty return voyages, captains relied on immigrants: they walked on board and paid.
However, after a long period of no entries, he noted that he had always reached for the diary when in a bad mood. 6 Letters function as a communication between several persons across distance, between family members and friends close in emotions but spread over continents. A series of letters may reflect events related as they happen over a period of time, with an intervening temporal distance, in contrast to the immediate diary entry or an autobiography's long-term retrospect. Letters may also be action-oriented: they demand responses, an answer, money, information from the recipients.