Roundly speaking, agriculture and soldiering are their sole occupations.
In 1900 he published his reminiscences under the title of Soldiering in Canada.
To the disappointment of his father, in whom the military instinct was ever predominant, he showed no love of soldiering, and gave evidence of a kindliness of disposition and a tender-heartedness which were considered out of place in one destined to become a military autocrat.
Interested as he was in soldiering, his eager temperament impelled him still more to adventure in politics and letters.
This hatred was confirmed by the sufferings of his country and family in the terrible years after 1806, and his first experience of active soldiering was in the campaigns that ended in the occupation of Paris by the Allies in 1814.