Journals of the Reverend Patrick Bell (c 1799 - 1869) kept during his visit to Canada, 1833 - 1837.
GB 231 MS 2317/1 - 2 Journal of travels between Great Britain and the province of Upper Canada, 1833-4.
GB 231 MS 2317/1 contains an itinerary of the journey from Great Britain to the Province of Upper Canada, describing his route through Dundee, Cupar (Fife), Glasgow, Isle of Man, Manchester and Liverpool; his passage to New York on board the Eagle, continuing up the River Hudson to Albany, and by Erie Canal to Queenstown, Canada, passing through Saratoga, Little Falls, Utica, Syracuse, Auburn, Lockport and Louisville, Jun 1833 - 1834. The volume is fully indexed and accompanied by a tabular record of daily temperature and weather conditions, Nov 1833 - Feb 1835; an account of a journey from Niagra Falls to the city of Fergus, township of Nichol, Apr 1834; and outline plans for his second volume, to include an account of agricultural practices in Upper Canada, notes on the natural history of the region and hints to emigrants, Jul 1835.
GB 231 MS 2317/2 is a fair (and slightly expanded) version of the first part of GB 231 MS 2137/1, and of another volume (or volumes) which has not survived. It begins in 1833 and ends 6 Mar 1834. The last page is inscribed Drummondvill Niagra Falls U.C. - Patrick Bell.
GB 231 MS 2318 Journal or rather observations made in Upper Canada during the years 1834, 35, 36 and 37.This is a continuation of Bell's journal for the period 1834 - 1837; also containing weather observations, Jan 1835 - Apr 1837; thermometer readings at Quebec, 1832 - 1833; and temperature statistics for Montreal taken from a Montreal newspaper, 1826 - 1835.
Each volume described above is illustrated with sketches and diagrams of farm steadings, houses, agricultural implements, and detailed pencil drawings of plants and animals observed. His observations of people and places encountered are detailed, often amusing, and full of social and political comment (see in particular his account of the Campaign against the Swine in New York which terminated shamefully for those in power , GB 231 MS2317/1 p 50 - 52)