Farming in the Canadian backwoods in the late 1800s was a prospect that enticed many young Englishmen to cross the Atlantic. One such fellow was Frederick de la Fosse, whose well-meaning uncle paid 100 per annum for his young nephew to learn to farm in Muskoka.
Some years later, de la Fosse, under the pseudonym of Roger Vardon, wrote an illuminating and humorous biographical account of the trials and tribulations of the “English Bloods,” the local name given these young lads attempting to hone farming skills in a land never intended to be agricultural.
In the original text, published in 1930, a number of names were changed to conceal identities of the local people. Editor Scott D. Shipman spent over eight years researching the authentic names and overall background for this new augmented edition of English Bloods. Includes extensive notes, bibliography and index.