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Thomas Chandler Haliburton – Nova Scotia’s First Historian
by Archibald MacMechan

Thomas Chandler Haliburton Thomas Chandler Haliburton

…"An Historical and Satistical account of Nova-Scotia." In two volumes. Illustrated by a map of the province, and several engravings. By Thomas C. Haliburton, Esq. Barrister at Law and Member of the House of Assembly of Nova Scotia"…(Haliburton) labor(ed) for seven years at his history of this province…

…(He) was practising law in the picturesque town of Annapolis Royal. Beautiful as it was for situation, it had no libraries, public or private. Nor was there in the whole province any collection of books on which a student of local history could draw…

…Young and untrained as he was, Haliburton had distinctly modern ideas of research. Whenever possible, he went to the original sources for his information. He had also to write to London and Boston for works of reference, or have transcripts made from them…

…(In the year) 1823…in Halifax (,there was) published a pamphlet entitled "A General Description of Nova Scotia"…

Haliburton himself supplies the reason why it was written, – to clear the province of misrepresentation. A banquet was given in his honor in 1839. When his health was proposed, reference was made to his "History", and what he said in reply applies also to the "General Description (of Nova Scotia, published in 1823)"…the precursor of the Historical and Statistical Account (which was published in 1829. Haliburton was 33).

Taken From –
A Century of Haliburton’s Nova Scotia
by Archibald MacMechan
Pub 1930
PANS V/F v105 #27
Pg 1 – 3

See Also –
An Historical and Statistical Account of Nova-Scotia
In two volumes. Illustrated by a map of the province, and several engravings.
By Thomas C. Haliburton, Esq.
Barrister at Law and Member of the House of Assembly of Nova Scotia
(originally) Printed and Published by Joseph Howe, Halifax 1829
Edition consulted – Candiana Reprint Series No. 51
Mika Publishing Belleville, Ontario 1973
HRL SG ADULT 971.6 H172 h 1973

 

 

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