William Hutton was a man of influence. He was also a prolific letter-writer. Beginning when he came to Upper Canada in 1834, his letters provide record to his opinion on many issues. His most frequent correspondence was with his mother, still in Ireland. Hutton’s letters give a brief look at topics ranging from the mundane to the tragic. He talks about the weather, agriculture, the upheaval in the politics of the day and everything in between. Gerald Boyce ably provides details surrounding events as related by Hutton. Hutton of Hastings offers a delightful peek into life in 19th century Hastings County and the fledgling country of Canada.