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Board of Revenue: Correspondence and Minutes

Series forms part of Treasury Papers and consists of primarily of correspondence, with some minutes, reports on distilleries and Board of Revenue Minute Books as well. Correspondence covers a variety of subjects, including monies received from customs and excise, accounts of bonds and of duties paid, quarterly returns, the shipping trade, petitions and complaints, and employment within the excise office and other government positions.


Series forms part of Treasury Papers and consists of records regarding bounties on accommodation for travelers (particularly settlers, explorers and emigrants), rewards for apprehending military deserters, cattle breeding, chocolate manufacturing, cleared land, communications (particularly regarding settlement and support of emigrants, as well as packet boats used for trade and mail delivery), fish and fishing, grains, iron works, leaf tobacco manufacture, mills, pot ash, salt, whales, seal fishing, seamen (particularly those who volunteered for His Majesty's ship Halifax), shipbuilding and sugar refining.

Collector of Colonial Duties

Series forms part of Treasury Papers and consists of records of excise duties and revenue collected by the Collector of Excise within communities across Nova Scotia. Accounts Current for the Collector of Excise document account balances and the amount of excise duties secured by the Collector or his officers.

Quarterly Returns of Articles Imported Within The District record imported goods that were subject to provincial duties, as reported to the Collector of Impost and Excise. These returns record the names of ships entering the ports, their cargo and its importer, master and place of origin. Also included are a Customs Ledger (1867-1869), Trade Returns for Nova Scotia: Exports and Imports (1858-1859) and records of returns of light duties collected at ports around the province. Series offers a study of trade and shipping, and in changes in government taxation practices

Consular Fees

Series forms part of Treasury Papers and consists of Return(s) of Certificates for Payment of Fees made by Nova Scotia Vessels to British Consuls in the United States, which list the names of vessels, their tonnage and master, and the port where payment was made. These Returns were recorded at Customs Houses around the province by the Controller or other officials. Also included are Certificates of Vessels, signed by the Consul, which prove compliance with port regulations and the payment of fees. Series demonstrates the way shipping industries were regulated and taxed by the provincial government, and lingering relationships with the British Crown.

Financial Secretary: Correspondence

Series forms part of Treasury Papers and consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence of the Financial Secretary regarding a variety of subjects, including bonds for services and duties performed, excise accounts, light duty accounts, and returns on goods imported and exported.

In 1849 the positions of Financial Secretary and Receiver General were created to replace the Office of the Treasurer as superintendent of the Province's public finances. These offices were abolished in 1867 when the Office of the Treasurer was reestablished.

General Accounts

Series forms part of Treasury Papers and consists of early general account information for the province of Nova Scotia in the form of account, receipt and letter books, daily memoranda books, statements of expenditures for public services and for municipalities, and multiple forms of ledgers. Ledgers include those for outstanding accounts, government employee's salaries, road service costs, court costs and legal fees for County and Supreme Courts, and the interest paid on old and new funded debt. Documents on government assistance to farms, copies of the General Appropriations Act (1830), accounts of monies received from incorporated companies and telephone companies and a blank Tobacco Manufacturers Stock Book are also included, as is a letter book of Receiver-General James McNab (1855-1867).

Records in this series are primarily created by the Provincial Treasurer, Financial Secretary and the Receiver-General of Nova Scotia.

Impost and Excise

Series forms part of Treasury Papers and consists of records relating to the payment and collection of taxes and duties on goods imported into Nova Scotia. Duties were collected by Collectors of Impost and Excise from offices around the province. Records include Duty Returns for Fort Lawrence (1848), Statements of Imports into Nova Scotia (1852), General Statement of Imports (1851), lists of goods supplied to government troops and regiments, permits granted by Collectors of Impost and Excise for spiritous liquors subject to duty, Custom Permits, Quarterly Returns of Imported Goods, Accounts Current, Accounts of Drawback and Loans from the Provincial Treasury, Excise Duties Levied, records of stock on hand, and lists of bonds and obligations to the province. These detail the types of goods imported, where the goods came from and how much tax was paid.

Some correspondence regarding duties and treasury matters are also included.

Light Duties

Series forms part of Treasury Papers and consists of records documenting taxes and duties collected to support Nova Scotia light houses. Duties were collected and reported on quarterly by Collectors of Excise, officers of the Provincial Treasury. Series includes Light Duties account books for 1860 and 1861, and records from the Light House Fund at the Treasury which refer to cash paid, returns of monies received for support of light houses, warrants for repairs and supplies, and the balance of accounts.

Light House Accounts for the Quarter list ships' names with their master, tonnage, place of origin, intended destination and amount of duties paid. These accounts were submitted from various ports around the province. Lists of vessels which had paid the Light House Tax record similar information.

Also included are some correspondence between the Provincial Treasurer, Customs House, Excise Office officials and the Collectors of Excise regarding duties, discrepancies in reports and other matters having to do with the funding and management of light houses.

Light House Papers

Series forms part of Treasury Papers and consists of records documenting expenditures and revenues generated in the upkeep and maintenance of the province's light houses, including including the costs for light house buildings and provisions for their keepers. Records take the form of receipts, warrants, bills submitted to the Commissioners for the Affairs of Light Houses and the Provincial Treasurer, contracts and accounts, correspondence on the subject of light houses, accounts of Light Duties and other taxes, and salary records. Series contains certificates signed by the Lieutenant Governor, the Lieutenant General and other officials directing the Provincial Treasurer to pay out funds for the upkeep of the light houses.

Records span Nova Scotia's light houses, including those at Annapolis, Arichat, Barrington, Brier Island, Canso, Cranberry Island, Cross Island, Devil's Island, Digby, Halifax, Horton Bluff, Liverpool, Louisburg, Low Point, Maugher's Beach, McNutt's Island, Pictou, Sambro, Seal Island, Scattarie, Shelburne, Saint Paul's Island, Wedge Island and others.


Series forms part of Treasury Papers and consists of eleven volumes, based on subject:

• Volume 1 consists of the Appropriation Act and estimates from 1860-1919.
• Volume 2 consists of Estimates of the Revenue and Expenditures of the Province of Nova Scotia from 1920 to 1953.
• Volume 3 consists of Treasurer's Bank Books regarding the Bank of Nova Scotia (1837-1871) and the People's Bank of Halifax (1870-1873).
• Volume 4 consists of miscellaneous financial papers containing accounting documents, receipts, petitions and tenders.
• Volume 5 consists of Mediterranean Passes (1767-1836), including memoranda and certificates documenting vessels in Halifax Harbour which are en route to destinations such as the Mediterranean, London, and the coasts of Africa and Brazil, mostly on whaling ventures. Certificates record the names and types of vessels, how many crew and guns were on board, the master, port of origin and the destination.
• Volume 6 consists of papers of Imperial Casual Revenue (1819-1851).
• Volume 7 consists of Public Accounts and regards the Province of Nova Scotia Funded Debt (1845), as well as investigations into the accounts of Charles W. Wallace (1846).
• Volume 8 consists of miscellaneous receipts (1791-1901).
• Volume 9 consists of records regarding Dominion - Provincial relations (1871-1891) in regards to financial subsidy.
• Volume 10 consists of miscellaneous documents on a variety of subjects, including Acts for monies for the service (1842) and for the refining of sugar and the manufacture of tobacco, assessment rolls for parts of Guysborough and Victoria counties, the causality vote, the Court of Chancery, Ecclesiastical establishment, the fishery and Reciprocity Treaty , correspondence and accounts of Captain James Fullerton, the Gut of Canso (much relating to the Schooner Lady Vernon ), an investigation into the accounts of Benjamin Green, H. Binney and others (1760-1775), general Provincial expenses and revenue, a statement of banks acting under Charter, and other documents.
• Volume 11 consists of miscellaneous financial documents dealing mainly with Provincial salaries.

Miscellaneous Correspondence

Series forms part of Treasury Papers and consists of correspondence regarding accounts, customs, payments, the Board of Statistics, shipping, smuggling and the seizure of goods, the Board of Revenue, the Lieutenant Governor and the building of roads and mills.

Provincial Cashier

Series forms part of Treasury Papers and consists of records of the Provincial Cashier, including expenditures, ledgers, a receipt book of securities sold, a letter book of miscellaneous payments made, and an account book.

Provincial Debt and Currency

Series forms part of Treasury Papers and consists of records documenting funds owed to, or being paid out by, the Provincial Treasury. These include a record book of Nova Scotia Debentures and Bonds Sold (1885-1925), loan certificates tracking the borrowing of funds by the Provincial Treasury and Interest paid on this debt, records of money borrowed by the Treasury to cover costs that might be incurred for defense of the Province, documents on old and new Province Funded Debt, receipts for money received from the Provincial Treasurer, warrants issued to Stockholders, as well as correspondence regarding the importation of copper coins and production of Currency Notes.

Provincial Secretary: Correspondence

Series forms part of Treasury Papers and consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence of the Provincial Secretary regarding a variety of topics, including shipping, government offices and employees, cash accounts, the spending of government funds, memorials, Government's relationships with banks, and bridges, railways and other infrastructure.

The Provincial Secretary, first appointed in 1720, was responsible for all government record-keeping and for conducting all official correspondence.

Provincial Treasurer

Series forms part of Treasury Papers and consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence of the Provincial Treasurer and other documents covering a wide variety of subjects, including accounts, petitions, roads and bridges, land and property, quarterly returns, general and public accounts, immigration, the collection of duties, requests for government positions and light duties.

A Provincial Treasurer was first appointed in 1750 to superintend the Province's public finances.

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