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Engraving by William B. Bartlett, 1842.

In January 1819, Charles Symmes, aged 20 and living in Massachusetts, wrote to his uncle, Philemon Wright, asking for work. He was hired and arrived a few months later to work as a clerk and bookkeeper. Two years later, he was sent to manage Chaudière Farm, in what is now known as the Aylmer sector of Gatineau.Symmes entered into partnership with Wright, by which he would lease and farm some of the Wright property and manage a tavern and store. He also...