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T.C. Haliburton
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Thomas Chandler Haliburton Thomas Chandler Haliburton –
His works are about Nova Scotia and "Mr. Blue Nose"

The Old Judge or Life in the Colony – Preface
by Thomas Chandler Haliburton

The following sketches of "Life in the colony" were drawn from nature, after a residence of half a century among people whose habits, manners, and social condition they are intended to delineate. I have adopted the form of a tour, and the character of a stranger, for the double purpose of avoiding the *prolixity of a journal, by the omission of tedious details, and the egoism of an author, by making others speak for themselves in their own way. The utmost care has been taken to exclude anything that could by any possibility be supposed to have a personal reference, or be the subject of annoyance. The "Dramatis Personae" of the work are, therefore, ideal representatives of their several classes, having all the characteristics and peculiarities of their own set, but no actual existence…

I have also avoided, as far as practicable, topics common to other countries, and endeavor to select scenes and characters peculiar to the colony (of Nova Scotia), and not to be found in books…

This distinctive character is produced by the necessity of a new country, by the nature of the climate, the want of an established Church, hereditary rank, entailment of estates, and the subdivision of labour, on the one hand, and the absence of nationality, independence, and republican institutions on the other…

The Nova Scotian, who is more particularly the subject of this work, is often found superintending the cultivation of a farm and building a vessel at the same time; and is not only able to catch and cure a cargo of fish, but to find his way with it to the West Indies or the Mediterranean; he is a man of all work, but expert in none…

(he) is a handy, frank, good-natured, hospitable, manly fellow, and withal quite good looking as his air gives you to understand he thinks himself to be. Such is the gentleman known throughout America as Mr. Blue Nose, a **sobriquet acquired from a superior potato of that name…

Note: The Concise Oxford Dictionary, 5th edition pub 1963
*prolixity – lengthy, tediously wordy
**sobriquet – nickname

Taken From-
The Old Judge or life in the Colony
by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Originally published London, Henry Colburn1849
Volume Consulted Published by the Tucumseh Press, Ottowa, Canada, 1978

 

 

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