Eleanora Hallen’s diary

Eleanore Hallen large

This HAS to be “the” most delightful drawing of a family by a child of that family that I’ve yet come across! “A family of the Hallens March 1836“. There is so much going on in this one page: Portraits, scenes from life, even some “erased” souls.

The Hallens are Canada based – and present for the period of settlement in Upper Canada, when homes were wrested from the forest.

  • An excellent biography, based during the Upper Canada settlement period, is one of my FAVORITE purchases made in Montreal years ago: Sisters in the Wilderness, by Charlotte Gray. About writers Susanna Moodie and Catherine Parr Traill. Their sister who stayed in England is the biographer Agnes Strickland.

The Hallens moved to Canada (from England) in 1835. They were a family of eleven children. Upper Canada (today’s province of Ontario) was a wilderness. The Hallens – as documented by daughter Eleanora – travelled from Worcestershire, to take a ship from Liverpool to New York. The sail across the Atlantic took seven weeks. Ultimately, their new home was a log cabin north of Toronto.

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LINKS

An archived site featuring the above Hallens diary:
https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/education/008-3140-e.html

A 1994 “young adult” book based on Eleanora:
https://www.umanitoba.ca/cm/cmarchive/vol22no5/eleanora.html

Other “immigrants” to Canada: https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/immigrants/021017-110.05-e.php

There are OTHER Hallen diaries!! George Hallen and Mary Hallen, for instance. See the Hallen “fonds”:
http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000000931.pdf

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Everyday Life in Germany

Falk Briefe

Oh! how I wish my level of German language proficiency EVER let me read such a book. This REALLY grabs my attention – from the cover art itself, the miniature portraits, to the time period under discussion (1796-1816). And it’s letters.

“…drey Tausend und zwey hundertster Schatz meines Herzens” (304 pages; published by Warburg Verlag) are the letters of Caroline and Johannes Daniel Falk. Undoubtedly, they were each other’s “Treasure” (Schatz) of “my heart”.

2018 marks the 250th Jubiläumsjahr for Johannes Daniel Falk (1768-1826), and is being celebrated with a year-long program (although, October and December events are what’s now left).

A March event was the book launch for “…drey Tausend und zwey hundertster Schatz meines Herzens”. Ingrid Dietsch, one of the editors of this volume (with Nicole Kibisius), has also written on Caroline Falk: Da fühlst du einmal meine Last: Vom Alltag der Caroline Falk in Weimar, 1797-1841 (268 pages, published 2003).

As you might guess between the mention of Weimar and the period – the Falks were part of the Goethe, Schopenhauer, Schiller Circles.