Blupete's History of Nova Scotia

Key Events in the History of Nova Scotia: 1826.


§The inventions of the "Drummond Light" and "Portland Cement" was to move, the business of keeping seaman safe by the strategic placement of lighthouses on dangerous seashores, into a new age. We see from Murdoch's historical accounting of the year: "In a report on light houses, 23 February, new light houses were recommended, -- one at Mauger's beach, one on St. Paul's island, one at the Seal islands, and one on Cross island."
§April 11th: The Twelfth Assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature, first convened in 1820, was Dissolved.
§April 27th: Election Writ issued; Returnable July 6th.
§A China tea clipper, the Countess of Harcourt arrives at Halifax with 6,517 chests of tea; she unloaded at the agent's dock, Cunard's Wharf.
§Elections took place both in England, and here in Nova Scotia during May and June.
§The "Sleigh Club" was formed at Halifax.
§"Saturday, the 18th February a public meeting was held in the Exchange coffee-house, in Halifax, on the subject of the Shubenacadie canal."
§The house votes to give "£98 to Richard U. Marsters, to enable him to buy a transit instrument, to aid in improving chronometers. (Marsters was a native of Nova Scotia, of great scientific genius.)"
§In England they experienced the "hottest summer on record."
§July, Wednesday 19th, a sailing regatta in the harbor; high society meets.
§Monday, July 24th, in the presence of Sir James Kempt, Sir Howard Douglas, Sir John Keane, and others, Dalhousie gives a speech on the occasion the work being started on the Shubenacadie Canal. "The earl and many of the company, breakfasted in Dartmouth, at the residence of L. Hartshorne, member for the county."
§On Thursday morning, the Earl and Countess of Dalhousie, attended by their friends and guard of honor, embarked on board H. M. S. Menai, ... but the wind being light and variable, the noble visitants landed again, and spent the evening with a large party at Gorsebrook, the villa of the hon. E. Collins. Next day, Friday, they proceeded to sea with a pleasant breeze for Quebec; and in a short time the other distinguished guests whom Sir James Kempt had entertained at government house, departed to their several commands."
§From the civil list we can see that there is a small allowance to "Mrs. Tonge, widow of the late naval officer, in consideration of her extreme age and infirmities."
§An act "To encourage the trade in Gypsum or Plaster of Paris."
§An act "To secure to William Hague and his assigns the exclusive use of a cast-metal Patent machine or Weigh-Bridge."
§An Act "to provide for a Light House on Mauger's Beach."

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