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A Yankee in Canada (from Excursions and Poems)
New England is by some affirmed to be an island, bounded on the north with the River Canada (so called from Monsieur Cane). — Josselyn's Rarities
And still older, in Thomas Morton's "New English Canaan," published in 1637, it is said, on page 97, "From this Lake [Erocoise] Northwards is derived the famous River Canada, so named, of Monsier de Cane, a French Lord, who first planted a Colony of French in America."
Montreal (Photographer: Herbert Gleason, from The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, 1906)
I am astonished at the singular pertinacity and endurance of our lives. The miracle is, that what is is, when it is so difficult, if not impossible, for anything else to be. — A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers