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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
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
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)
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.
Bliss family
MG 1 volumes 1597-1604 · Fonds · 1749-1920 (predominant 1810-1872)

Fonds consists of correspondence and other records created and accumulated by four generations of the Bliss family, most of which relate to Henry Bliss. Includes letters written to Henry by his brothers Lewis and William Blowers beginning at King's College, Windsor, and continuing almost until their deaths. Letters discuss personal and family news, leisure and business activities, and local and international events. Also includes letters written to Henry from other family members, friends, and business acquaintances, and letters to his business associates including Jack Brown and Robert Gordon. Also contains correspondence received by Lewis and William Blowers Bliss, mostly from Henry Bliss, assorted correspondence between Bliss family members, journals, diaries, legal and financial records, literary manuscripts, certificates, notes and charts on Bliss family geneaology, newspaper clippings, broadsheets and other ephemera. Other family members and individuals represented in the fonds include Jonathan Bliss, wife Mary (Worthington) Bliss, William Blowers Bliss II and wife Emily (Steen) Bliss, Sarah (Anderson) Bliss, Sampson Salter Blowers, and related families Binney, Odell, Dwight.

Bliss (family)
CO · Collection · 1703-1886

Consists of portions of the Colonial Office records containing information about Nova Scotia through the British colonial period. The collection includes the original correspondence or dispatches (in-letters) of the various colonial governors of Nova Scotia or other senior officials responsible for administering the colonial government, as well as entry books (out-letters) consisting of copies of Colonial Office replies. These are supplemented with various indexes, registers, acts passed by the colonial legislature, Blue Books of Statistics, sessional papers and miscellanea.

John Clarkson
MG 1 volume 219 · Fonds · 1800s

Consists of transcripts of John Clarkson's journal documenting his trip from London to Halifax, his activities in Halifax, and the trip to Sierra Leone from 6 August 1791 to 18 March 1792.

Clarkson, John, 1764-1828
Fonds · 1769-1897, predominant 1769-1878

Fonds consists of 4 Series: Postmaster General's correspondence (1825-1862); Financial records (1769-1868); Returns and other material (1846-1897, predom. 1846-1870); and Tenders (1851-1859).

Nova Scotia. Post Office
Nehemiah Porter family
MG 1 volume 770A · Fonds · 1765-1860, 1898, predominant 1767-1776

Consists of original and typed copies of correspondence, 1767-1812 (fragmentary) written and received by Rev. Nehemiah Porter and his son Nehemiah Porter Jr. Includes letters from Rev. Porter to his children in Massachusetts and Yarmouth, and letters written to Nehemiah Porter Jr. in Yarmouth from his father and siblings. Letters include mention of work, travel, family news, and religious reflection. Also contains deeds, indentures, will, and other documents, mostly concerning the estate of Rev. Porter and property in Yarmouth; "Journal from N. England to Capeforsoe in Nova Scotia" kept by Rev. Porter, 1767-1769, which includes mention of his parishioners, sermons and ceremonies performed, travels, family activities, and weather. Also included are photograph portraits, 1898, and prints of Rev. Porter's children and grandchildren, and Porter and Chipman family residences; indenture and photograph of indenture concerning the apprenticeship of David Dire, African-Nova Scotian; and letter and receipt dated 1860 pertaining to Capt. Porter at Yarmouth.

Nehemiah Porter family, 1720-
Joseph N. Rice
2005-007 · Fonds · 1880s-1900s

Consists of photographs by J.N. Rice. Includes individual studio portraits, family groups, streetscapes, houses, stores, train stations, locomotives, sailing ships and wharves, in what appears to be the Bridgetown, Annapolis County, area. Most images are unidentified, but a few are labelled with "Joseph N. Rice, Photographer".

Rice, Joseph N., 1857-[190-?]
MG 20 volume 581 · Fonds · 1896-1903

Consists of the financial secretary's ledger documenting daily initiation, enrollment, and registration fees, and a roll book on insured members of the Bridgetown Court including name, address, occupation, and beneficiary.

Independent Order of Foresters. Bridgetown Court, No. 3360
Alice Jones
MG 1 volumes 524-525 · Fonds · 1902-1904

Fonds consists of handwritten and typewritten manuscripts of Jones' works including, "A Well Dressed Woman," "From the North-West" and "Jamaica." Also includes her handwritten diary (1902-1904), compiled while she resided at Government House, Halifax, and two scrapbooks containing greeting cards and other ephemera, with some items in the second scrapbook addressed to Eva Clark.

Jones, Alice, 1853-1933
Henry Youle Hind
MG 1 volumes 470-471 · Fonds · 1870-1905

Consists of draft chapters of a manuscript entitled Fisheries of British North America, 1877, including some related correspondence and research notes. Also includes two files of notes concerning the early townships of Falmouth, Horton, Cornwallis and Newport, and Indians of Nova Scotia; scrapbook of newspaper clippings compiled by Hind which include several printed letters he wrote to Nova Scotian newspapers, 1870-1871, mostly regarding King's College, Windsor. There are also some printed letters on the same subject from professors Henry How, F.C. Sumichrast, and others, and a few clippings pertaining to Hind's investigation of the Laurentian system of rocks in Nova Scotia; seven miscellaneous letters to and from Hind, 1877-1905, which include mention of his works, geological theories, early land grants in Windsor, and the proposed railway in Nova Scotia, 1870s; and two letters from his brother, painter William G.R. Hind, 1870.

Hind, Henry Youle, 1823-1908
RG 20 Series C · Fonds · 1750-1905

Consists of eleven series: Crown Land grants plans, surveys and other records, 1753-1864, predominant 1784-1830, Indexes to grant books and other material, [ca. 1750]-[ca. 1880], Land grant maps, Land petitions and other material, 1765-1914, Applications for Purchase and Ungranted Petitions, 1781-1910, Cape Breton land petitions and other material, 1787-1864, predominant 1787-1843, Commissioners' correspondence and other material, 1765-1905, Commissioners' letterbooks, Financial records, 1791-1925, Township records, 1759-[ca. 1847], and Journal of Titus Smith, 1801-1833.

Nova Scotia. Commissioner of Crown Lands
Chester Brown
2008-020 · Fonds · 12 December 1917; 16 December 1917

Consists of two letters written to members of Mr. Brown's family in the United States describing the situation in Halifax in the aftermath of the Halifax Harbour Explosion of 1917.

Brown, Chester, [18--]-[19--]