Item MS-2-158, SF Box 19, Folder 7 - Hid treasure, or the labours of a deacon, and other poems : [manuscript]

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Hid treasure, or the labours of a deacon, and other poems : [manuscript]

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Charles Fenerty

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MS-2-158, SF Box 19, Folder 7

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  • [before 1892] (Creation)
    Fenerty, Charles, 1821-1892

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81 pages of textual records

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Charles Fenerty was born in 1821 in Springfield Lake, Nova Scotia, the second son of James Fenerty and Elizabeth Lawson, farmers and sawyers. He is most well known as the first inventor of wood pulp paper, although no commercial success came out of his own discoveries. He subsequently turned to writing verse and took first prize at the Nova Scotia industrial exhibition in 1854 for “Betula Nigra,” a poem celebrating a giant black birch on the family farm.

Fenerty moved to Australia in the late 1850s, where he may have worked in the goldmining industry. After his return to Nova Scotia he married Ann Maria Hamilton in 1868 and farmed in the Sackville area. At various times he served as health warden for his district, measurer of wood, overseer of the poor, and county tax collector. He was also active in the Anglican Church as a lay reader. He was a staunch Conservative, supported the temperance cause, and opposed tobacco smoking. He died in 1892 in Sackville, Nova Scotia.

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Records were with the J.J. Stewart collection donated to the Dalhousie University Library after the death of John James Stewart (1844-1907), and were accessioned in 1972.

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Item is a manuscript of Hid Treasure, or The Labours of a Deacon and Other Poems dated April 29, 1919, which is possibly when the pages were taped into the bound scrapbook with the title embossed on the spine. A contents page lists both published and unpublished poems, including "Betula Nigra," "The Prince's Lodge," and the title poem, "Hid Treasure." The manuscript date is unknown, but the poems themselves range in date from ca.1839-1886. Robert R.J. Emmerson's name appears as co-author on the title page, but it has been scratched out along with the second of two epigraphs.

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Preferred citation: Manuscript of "Hid Treasure, or The Labours of a Deacon, and Other Poems," by Charles Fenerty, MS-2-158, SF Box 19, Folder 7, Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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April 2012

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  • Box: SF Box 19