Blupete's History of Nova Scotia

Key Events in the History of Nova Scotia: 1804.

§"On the 11th of April 1804, a treaty was concluded at St. Petersburg. Five hundred thousand men were to be arrayed against France. Great Britain was to contribute ships and men and money. On the 9th of August, Austria signified her adherence. This was the Third Coalition." (Lord Rosebery.)
§22 March: "... Crowell of Barrington comes in bound to Halifax with hay. He is offered as I hear £5 pr Ton but refuses. He asks 3/ for potatoes." (Perkins.)
§14 May: "... I receive a circular letter from the Adjutant General by order of the Lieu. Governor to have the militia put in the best possible order." (Perkins.)
§15 May: "... Two schooners that came in yesterday from Halifax for Annapolis (one with troops aboard) are sailed." (Perkins.)
§17 May: "... Several American fishing vessels are in." (Perkins.)
§May 18th, 1804: Pitt is recalled and takes his seat as the prime minister, once again. The same day that his arch rival, Napoleon is proclaimed Emperor of the French.
§July 2nd: A petition is received at Halifax for Jas. Ratchford and Jas. Noble Shannon, asking for a continuance of the £50 grant to help them maintain their packet service between Parrsborough and Windsor.
§18 Aug: "... Paul Collins arrives from Newfoundland, Sydney & Halifax. A packet, presumably the July packet, has arrived. ... preparations for the invasion of England are said to be nearly completed & it is expected by some that it will take place very soon. The king is perfectly recovered. Bonaparte, etc. [The point is that this man in a far away British community, Liverpool, Nova Scotia, kept himself acquainted with world events.]
§"... Considerable sums of money are continually drained from hence to the United States of America, to purchase bread and flour for the inhabitants of the sea port towns, and to supply the king's stores." (Murdoch.)
§Nova Scotia continued to export timber and gypsum; it seems, not surprising given all the granite she possesses, she was also exporting grindstones to the states. Fish and oil was sent abroad. Agricultural "skill and attention," however, was lacking. (Murdoch.)
§17 Oct: "... Capt. Thomas Parker in the Brig Lilly arrives from Quebec and Sydney. He carried wine from Fayal [Azores]. Did not meet a ready market but left it to be sold. Wheat & flower has risen so much that he could not get a freight. He went to Sydney for coals but there was none to be had except he would wait a month. So he came home empty." (Perkins.)
§December 12th, 1804: War between Britain and Bonaparte-dominated Spain breaks out.
§Orders from London, dated December 14th, 1804, 20th, received later by the administration at Halifax, that all Spanish vessels are to be seized and brought into English ports. There would appear there were no great numbers that were brought into Halifax, none up to September of 1805.
§The Code Napoleon, that "Draconian work" and leveler of all class distinctions is promulgated in 1804.
§In 1805, Trevithick adapts the Watt engine to vehicle, and the locomotive comes into being. By the middle of the century a network of railways had spread all over Europe. (Watt, in fact, described the steam locomotive in his patent dated 1784.)
§December 13th, Joe Howe is born.

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