The seigneury of Mr. Caldwell, businessman and politician in Lower Canada, depicted here by Forrest, was situated across the river from the city of Quebec. It was a very prosperous estate, with fine soil and abundant forests that were harvested for the construction industry. The many rivers that crossed the property, including the Etchemin river, provided the necessary water to run the flourmills and saw mills.
Lord Dalhousie visited the Caldwell domain, for the first time in 1819, for dinner. On subsequent visits he noted in his Journals that he was hosted princely with champagne and rare and costly wines.