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Key Events in the History of Nova Scotia: 1810.


§January 14th; A convoy of at least seven ships (merchantmen, store ships and a transport) sail from Halifax under the escort of H.M. Brig Colombine. (John Liddell, a merchant at Halifax, in his diary.)
§March 10th: The Superintendent of trade and Fisheries (Geo. Leonard) advises Prevost, that, "due to the Americans taking advantages of the unprotected state of the coasts ... smuggling has increased enormously ..."
§May 2nd; Transports with the 8th Regiment on board sail from Halifax for Quebec. (John Liddell.)
§3 April: "... The Brig Caroline, John Barss, arrives from Dominico 21 days passage. Loaded with rum 140 odd puncheons 40 hh sugar, etc. he brings confirmation of Guadalupe being captured & that it is well supplied with fish. He brings intelligence of all our vessels that have been out a sufficient time to hear which is great news for their friends & owners as well as our insurance office." (Perkins.)
§29 April: ".... The Brig Hope, Thos. Freeman, arrives from Barbados and the schooner, Speedwell, James Freeman, arrives from St. Kitts. They reported that Americans arrive in the West Indies & say the non-intercourse is abolished." (Perkins.)
§6 June: "... We are busy loading the Lark for Newfoundland. Take in about 10 m boards, some tar etc. and pack tobacco & potatoes." (Perkins.)
§June 7th: Four transports with the 98th Regiment come into Halifax from Quebec, after a six day sail. (John Liddell.)
§July 1st: H.M.S. Swiftsure, Milan, Ferret, Martin and Harpy sail, for Portugal with the 7th Regiment on board, also the Ariel, a transport for England. (John Liddell.)
§July 5th: H.M.S. Guerriere, 38 guns, comes into Halifax from a cruise. (John Liddell.)
§22 July: "... The Brig Caroline, John Barss, Master, sails for West Indies with a great cargo of dry and pickled fish." (Perkins.)
§July 12th: The government writes the magistrates at St. Margaret's Bay enclosing the description of two deserters from H.M.S. Penelope, 36 guns, who went in the direction of St. Margaret's Bay.
§July: The Bank of England at London fails followed by another in Exeter and a third in Salisbury. Merchants started to refuse bank notes in payment and the want of confidence was spreading rapidly. "In August another London bank failed, this time one of the old-established houses, bringing down a number of country banks in its train. ... The war, the commercial embargoes, the heavy taxes, the new machinery, and the paper money were all blamed for the distress of the people." [Spater, William Cobbett: The Poor Man's Friend (Cambridge University Press, 1982) at vol.#2, pp. 312-3.]
§October 2nd: H.M.S. Regulus and H.M.S. Diadem, 64 guns, come into Halifax from Portsmouth with the 2nd Battalion of the 8th Regiment on board. (John Liddell.)
§October 12th: H.M.S. Regulus and H.M.S. Diadem sail for Portugal with the 23rd Regiment on board. (John Liddell.)
§October: A ferry is running between Windsor and Parrsborough, with a subsidy of £50 from the provincial legislature; she is a schooner named the Harmony.
§21 October: "... Insurance committee meet [at Liverpool, Nova Scotia] & underwrite on the 5 or 6 policies considerable sums." (Perkins.)
§October 22nd: The government directs the commander of its schooner (Hunter) to proceed to "Little Canso, assist in conveying a detachment of the 98th Regiment to Halifax, and 'look into' the harbours on the return voyage."
§December 24th: H.M.S. Swiftsure, 74 guns, (Admiral Sir John Borlase Warren) and H.M.S. Little Belt, 20 guns, (Capt. Crispo) sail for Bermuda. (John Liddell.)
§The Nova Scotian historian, Murdoch, writes: "There appears to be very little of local affairs during 1810, of which I [Murdoch] can find any record. The newspapers of Halifax are filled with the war in Europe, &c. - the sailing or arrival of men-of-war, and ordinary advertisements. The official letters of the governor are brief and few.

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