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John Gorham
2013-014 · Fonds · 1748-1750

Consists of a single volume used as a waste or note book in which Gorham recorded, for the most part, financial transactions. In places the book displays some evidence that entries were later copied to ledger books recording the accounts of his ventures and pay of his men and many entries are about payments on accounts rather than direct cash transactions. The book covers activities during the period 1747 to 1750 and includes lists of expenses for recruiting, equipping and provisioning his company of rangers, lists of expenses for the upkeep and provisioning of several ships including the sloop Diligence and the schooners Warren and Anson. For the most part the volume documents the issuance of provisions and supplies to his men recording the distribution of food, clothing and to a lesser extent equipment and goods. Some entries record in the French language transactions with Acadians at Pizaquid (now Windsor, NS) for the provision of fresh meat and goods. Entries for wages paid, sometimes with the signed or marked receipts of his men appear throughout the book.

The start of the book contains many entries related to his establishment on Sable Island, some entered retrospectively from 1747, and other island entries are scattered across the volume. Entries generally record where the activity was happening be it Annapolis Royal, Chebucto (now Halifax,NS), Minas or Boston (MA, USA).

The volume also includes copies of a few letters. One in particular to a Mr Owles, speaks to the recruitment of rangers, the size of companies, some conditions of service and what happens in a peace. Also included in the volume is a crude manuscript map showing houses and names of some families, presumably along a portion of Cape Breton Island, NS – from Cape 'Shebnacada' (Shenacadie) which is a settlement located on the south end of St. Andrew’s Channel to past 'Grand Ance' (Grande Anse) which is on the north side of Lennox Passage. The volume ends with a description by Gorham in a two page entry of a skirmish with Mi'kmaq encountered by his sloop Diligence while sailing along the coastline in August of 1748 from 'Port Mahoan'(Mahone Bay) to 'Cape Porpicom'. (Portapique, Colchester County or Pubnico have been suggested as possible contemporary locations for "Porpicom".)

Gorham, John
Series · 1725-1768
Part of Commissioner of Public Records

Series forms part of the Commissioner of Public Records collection collection and consists of a 372-page index to crown land grants, 1718-1765. Index divided into five sections, each section having its own alphabetical arrangement, with names in chronological order: 1718-1749 (page 6), 1759-1760 (page 54), 1759-1763 (page 114), 1761-1763 (page 170) and 1763-1765 (page 222). Gives grantee's name, number of acres and district, date of grant and page in register.

River Saint John
Series · 1764 - 1809
Part of Commissioner of Public Records

Series forms part of Commissioner of Public Records collection and consists of records relating to the first British settlements on the Saint John River and other parts of New Brunswick; also to laying out and building the town of Saint John (formerly Parrtown), 1783-1785.

John Allen
2006-052 · Fonds · 1812-1814, 1824

Consists of eight letters, most written to John Allen, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia from 1812-1824. The majority of the letters were from his cousin, Robert Allen, of Boston, Massachusetts. Due to the War of 1812, the letters were transported by a third person by ship from Boston to Nova Scotia. They contain Robert's comments on the hostilities between Britain and the United States, as well as family matters such as illnesses and deaths, and intemperate behavior on the part of certain relatives. One letter is written to John's brother, William, of Dartmouth, from a business supplier in Maine regarding funds owing. Some letters are difficult to read due to illegible handwriting.

Allen, John, 1771-1849
Quit rents
Series · 1772 - 1827
Part of Commissioner of Public Records

Series forms part of Commissioner of Public Records collection and consists of records kept by the receiver general of quit rents in Nova Scotia.

Archibald family
2008-044 · Fonds · 1819-1890s, predominant 1826-1831

Fonds consists of letters between brothers Charles, Edward, John Duncan, and Samson Salter Blowers Archibald as well as their father, S.G.W. Archibald, concerning family news, legal proceedings and letters from acquaintances discussing legal cases. The fonds also includes a poem and a discussion of current events including the American Civil War.

Archibald (family)
Black Refugees
Series · 1790 - 1839
Part of Commissioner of Public Records

Series forms part of Commissioner of Public Records collection and consists of records relating to Black immigration and settlement in Nova Scotia from the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783 to the final emancipation of slaves in 1838.

Series · 1758 - 1841
Part of Commissioner of Public Records

Series forms part of Commissioner of Public Records collection and consists of documents selected from the records of the lower house of Nova Scotia's now unicameral legislature. Includes petitions, memorials, governor's speeches and addresses in reply, messages, resolutions, protests, reports, returns, estimates etc. relating to highways, and documents sent down from the Legislative Council.

Series · 1773 - 1841
Part of Commissioner of Public Records

Series forms part of Commissioner of Public Records collection and consists of mainly of records relating to the government of Cape Breton as a colony separate from Nova Scotia, 1784-1820. Includes dispatches from the secretary of state to the lieutenant governor of Cape Breton; minutes of HM Council; duplicate or draft minutes of Council, minutes of the English Privy Council, royal warrants, petitions and memorials; correspondence of Lieutenant Governors DesBarres, Macarmick and others, copies of Council minutes (October 1787-October 1788), and a description of the Island of Cape Breton and its dependencies [1787?]; imperial orders in Council, royal instructions, parliamentary estimates and grants for the civil establishment, census returns and acts of parliament relating to Cape Breton; petitions, memorials, addresses, letters, depositions as to complaints, judicial proceedings, drafts of acts, lists of ordinances, records of escheat, road appropriations and tickets of location for land; and letter-book copies of letters from the provincial secretary (Sir Rupert D. George) to officials and others in Cape Breton, chiefly relating to land grants.

Public accounts
Series · 1758 - 1843
Part of Commissioner of Public Records

Series forms part of Commissioner of Public Records collection and consists of provincial treasurer's accounts. Includes a volume of accounts of impost, excise and lighthouse duties and fees, 1776-1780.

Annual returns
RG 2 volumes 44 to 47 · Series · 1830-1848
Part of Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia

Forms part of Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and consists of contemporaneous copies of annual returns comprising the "blue books" - reports to the British government relating to the general state of the colony and its public service. Includes returns of local revenue, military expenditure, legislation, public officials, pensions, population, ecclesiastical statistics, education, currency and rates of exchange, weights and measures, imports and exports, agriculture, grants of land, and jails and prison population. Arranged chronologically by year; 1835, 1836, 1844, 1845 missing.

Maps v11 · Series · 1750-1850
Part of Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forests

Forms part of the Department of Lands and Forests and consists of maps detailing the boundaries of lands granted to settlers by the crown and crown-owned lands in Nova Scotia.

Also includes an index map, which divides the province into a grid and gives each section a reference letter and number. Arranged by index number.

Judicial court records
Series · 1749 - 1851
Part of Commissioner of Public Records

Series forms part of the Commissioner of Public Records collection collection and consists of records of the Supreme Court, Court of Chancery, County Court/Inferior Court of Common Pleas and Court of Vice-Admiralty. The Admiralty court records include letters of agency, 1776-1821; proceedings, 1749-1813; and lists of vessels captured, 1793-1818.

M.D. McKenna
Fonds · 1848-1855, 1921

Consists of M.D. McKenna's Journals from 8 November 1848 to 5 September 1855, pertaining information on his time as the superintendent of Sable Island. Also consists of a typescript of the journals, a summary of shipwrecks on Sable Island from 1849-1855, a typescript entitled "Reminiscences of Sable Island", a biography of Maurice Noonan, dated 11 March, 1921, and a newspaper clipping entitled "Sable Island".

McKenna, Matthew D.