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Manuscript journal, detailing an expedition along the Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia and parts of New Brunswick situated on the Bay of Fundy, July 19, 1684 – September 14, 1684

  • MS-2-370, Oversize Folder 1
  • Item
  • July 19, 1684 – September 14, 1684

Item is a cartographic journal containing daily entries and twenty-five cartographic diagrams and topographical illustrations showing coastlines, elevations, distances (in leagues), water depths, capes, bays, rivers, inlets, islands and other geographical features.

From the accounts of the first few days, the jump off point must have been somewhere near Mahone Bay or Lunenburg, on the southern coast of Nova Scotia. Few observations are recorded during the first week; the aim seems to have been to reach an initial destination of Grand Manan Island. At this point, beginning on July 25, 1684, detailed observations are made of all islands, rocks, and other geographical objects, along with more specific information concerning water depths (given in braces), types of currents, prevailing winds, distances between landmarks (given in leagues), places of secure anchorage, danger zones, etc. Most of the observed areas are accompanied by topographical illustrations which depict not only the contours of the coastline, but also elevations from sea level.

The expedition proceeded from Grand Manan Island down into Passamaquoddy Bay (this is not named, but the St. Croix River is), then Northeast along the coast of New Brunswick to the entrance to the St. John River. At this point, the expedition encountered at least two British war vessels, equipped with cannons. An envoy from the expedition was sent to the British ships, apparently commanded by John Nelson, the nephew of the first proprietor of New Brunswick; assurances are exchanged, the envoy is returned, and the expedition again proceeds along its way. Much of this portion of the expedition was obscured by a dense and persistent thick fog which made the task of the cartographer at times impossible, as he frequently notes.

From St. John River, the expedition turned back again across the Bay of Fundy, along Long Island, down along the Western coast of Nova Scotia to Cape Sable. This destination is reached by July 31, 1684, and here some days are passed waiting out a violent storm. Another British ship is mentioned, though no contact was made. The coastline from Cape Sable all the way to Margaret's Bay is represented by numerous illustrations. The weather seems to have been more favourable, and much of the area was apparently uncharted.

This portion of the journey includes descriptions and illustrations of Cape Negro, Baye du Port Razor, Riv. des Jardins, Port Rosignol, Sable River, La Have Harbour, Mahone Bay (called here Mirligaich), Margaret's Bay, etc. The expedition continues from Margaret's Bay on to the Northeast, with observations of Cape Sambro, Riv. Chibouetou. Riv. Maganchis, Cape Thiodor, and it ends at St. Mary's River, on September 14, 1684.

Appended to the journal is a twelve page "Inventaire pour servir a l'armament et consommation du nav(igation)," in which a very detailed list of hundreds of items is presented. The two categories that receive the most attention are boat fixtures (e.g., sails, bowsprites, halyards, stays, topsails, masts, anchors, rope, riggings, etc.) and armaments (e.g., cannons, ammunitions, guns, other weapons, etc.). Surgical equipment is briefly mentioned. Extraneous observations are also included from time to time: an abundance of fish off Cape Forcheau; arborage and foliage on shore; disembarkments, during one of which one of the crew apparently attempted to desert.

Marianne (Ship)

Notebook of Samuel J. Holland

  • MS-2-33, SF Box 16, Folder 1
  • Item
  • 1747-1748
Item is a 150-page notebook that Samuel J. Holland used in 1747 when he was serving as an artillery officer in the Dutch army. The notebook is bound in vellum and contains tables, memoranda, mathematical calculations, diagrams, recipes for making gun powder, and assorted notes.

Holland, Samuel, 1728-1801

Elizabeth LeBlanc's petit livre de Cantique

  • MS-2-503, SF Box 41, Folder 14
  • Item
  • [after 1761]
Item is Elizabeth LeBlanc's notebook of handwritten French hymns or canticles. The first page of the notebook contains a short hymn for Anastasie LeBlanc, "quand elle commensait Le Rosaire."

LeBlanc, Elizabeth, b. 1761?

Letter from Simeon Perkins to William Cahoon

  • MS-2-221, SF Box 31, Folder 3
  • Item
  • 1794
1794 letter to William Cahoon of Port Medway from Simeon Perkins of Liverpool regardling the law surrounding the worrying or killing of sheep by dogs.

Cahoon, William

Anonymous German sermon

  • MS-2-65, SF Box 18, Folder 23
  • Item
  • 1797
Item is a handwritten sermon in German dated August 15, 1797 with additional delivery dates of 1800, 1808, and 1811.

William Himsworth's purchase of the schooner Nine Sisters

  • MS-4-215, SF Box 21, Folder 16
  • Item
  • 1810
Agreement of sale of the schooner Nine Sisters of Shelburne, Nova Scotia from Reuben Clements, John Crosby, Elbanah Clements, John Trask and David Rose and Stephen Rose, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, October 27, 1810

Himsworth, William

Register of farmers' cattle and sheep marks in Chester, Nova Scotia

  • MS-2-464, SF Box 42, Folder 4
  • Item
  • 1813-1921
Item is a register of farmers' sheep and cattle marks, recorded by successive town clerks in Chester Municipality. Includes descriptions, diagrams, famers' names, dates, and the names of the recorder.

Chester Municipality.

List of vessels taken at Machias and Penobscot

  • MS-2-222, SF Box 31, Folder 17
  • Item
  • 1814
Item is a list of vessels taken at Machias and and Penobscot, listed by name and type. The Penobscot Expedition was a 26-day raid led by Sir John Sherbrooke on Hampden, Bangor and Machias, resulting in the British occupation of Castine for the remainder of the War of 1812. The tarriff dutries obtained there, called the Castine Fund, was used to establish Dalhousie University.

Receipt book of Matthew Richardson

  • MS-4-74, SF Box 48, Folder 1
  • Item
  • 1820-1822
Item is a leather-bound receipt book with receipts from 28 December 1820 to 30 July, 1822. Receipts are written by idividuals who received cash (pound sterling) from Matthew Richardson.

Richardson, Matthew

Letter from Lord Dalhousie to W. Smith

  • MS-2-69, SF Box 18, Folder 22
  • Item
  • 1823
Item is a letter (1823) from Lord Dalhousie to W. Smith, requesting that two barrels of Pictou oatmeal be shipped to Quebec on the next available vessel as a sample of Smith's produce.

Smith, W., fl. 1823

Letter from Jonathan Sewell to his daughters, Maria and Henrietta

  • MS-2-66, SF Box 18, Folder 21
  • Item
  • 1828
Item is a letter (1828) from Jonathan Sewell to his daughters, Maria (the eldest) and Henrietta, addressed to the care of their uncle, Stephen Sewell, in Montreal. Sewell describes the recent departure of Lord and Lady Dalhousie and exhorts his daughters to travel by steamboat and meet him at Three Rivers, which he calls "The Modern Seat of Science, Literature & Fashion."

Sewell, Jonathan, Justice, c. 1766-1839

Ledger of Silas H. Crane

  • MS-4-151, SF Box 47, Folder 5
  • Item
  • 1832-1858
File contains a financial ledger that records the business activities of Silas H. Crane.

Crane, Silas H.

Commonplace book of Amelia Davis

  • MS-2-470, SF Box 43, Folder 11
  • Item
  • 1838-1839
Item is a commonplace book kept between 1838-1839 by Amelia Davis. The notebook contains poetry excerpts, prayers, notes on history, and pictures of famous poets.

Darby, Amelia Davis, 1823-1904

Lewis Jack's lecture notes on moral philosophy

  • MS-2-94, SF Box 23, Folder 1
  • Item
  • 1838-1839
Item is a bound book of lecture notes written as a series of consecutively numbered questions and answers on moral philosophy. The book was written during the 1838-1839 session of Professor Hercules Scott's lectures and contains 125 closely written pages.

Jack, Lewis, The Reverend, 1815-1901

Notebook of George Renny Young

  • MS-2-212, SF Box 32, Folder 4
  • Item
  • 1838
Fonds consists of a notebook belonging to George Young containing a report on emigration from Germany and personal journal entries.

Young, George Renny, 1802-1853

Poetry copybook of Colin Campbell

  • MS-2-157, SF Box 27, Folder 5
  • Item
  • 1840-1842
Item is a poetry copybook in which Colin Campbell and other family members and friends entered verses. Many are dated (1840-1842) and signed with place names, including those of Weymouth, Liverpool, and Horton.

Campbell, Colin, 1822-1881

Letter from Lewis Williams to John McGregor

  • MS-2-97, SF Box 41, Folder 16
  • Item
  • 1840
Item is a letter to John McGregor from Judge Lewis M. Williams of Windsor, Nova Scotia regarding his assistance in forwarding items to Liverpool.

McGregor, John

Sermon by Joseph Outram

  • MS-2-61, SF Box 27, Folder 8
  • Item
  • 1844
Item is a sermon on Mormonism written by Joseph Outram in Halifax, 1844.

Outram, Joseph, fl. 1844

Minute book of the Sons of Temperance, Columbia Division No. 24

  • MS-2-14, SF Box 13, Folder 11
  • Item
  • 1848
Item is the division's minute book from 1848 to 1862, which include a letter dated 1864 regarding a charge against Jasper Journeay for violating the Sons of Temperance constitution.

Sons of Temperance, Columbia Division No. 24.

Augustine Melanson, ledger

  • MS-4-203, SF Box 46, Folder 8
  • Item
  • 1848-1857
Ledger 1848-1857 including accounts of the Schooner (later brigantine) Samuel Campbell

Melanson, [Augustine?]

Annotated copy of Memoir of the Rev. James MacGregor, D.D.

  • MS-2-215, SF Box 32, Folder 6
  • Item
  • 1859
Item is a memoir of the Rev. James MacGregor published in 1859 by George Patterson. Item includes corrections, annotations and loose notes made by Patterson.

Patterson, George, The Reverend, 1824-1897

Alfred B. Atherton's obstetrics notebook

  • MS-13-45, SF Box 68, Folder 6
  • Item
  • 1862-1863
Item is a notebook containing lecture notes on obstetrics and other subjects.

Atherton, Alfred B.

Bill of sale for the Lilla Dale

  • MS-2-542, SF Box 41, Folder 19
  • Item
  • 1864
Item is an original bill of sale of the Lilla Dale ship to Milton Outhouse by John Collins.

Outhouse, Milton

Timber specifications for three vessels written by William Yeo

  • MS-4-142, SF Box 52, Folder 7
  • Item
  • 1864-1865
This item is the timber specifications for three vessels (c1864-1865). The timber specifications are listed for the following vessels: the Western Queen, the Artisitc, and the Elizza.

Yeo, William

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