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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    Fenerty, Charles, 1821-1892

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81 pages (1 folder)

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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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Item was accessioned by Dalhousie University Archives in 1972. Prior to that, the item was in the J.J. Stewart collection, which was donated to the Dalhousie University Library after the death of John James Stewart (1844-1907).

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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 A contents page lists both published and unpublished poems, including "Betula Nigra," "The Prince's Lodge," and the title poem, "Hid Treasure."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 pape, but it has been scratched out along with the second of two epigraphs.

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Public domain. Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room.

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April 2012

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