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Mi'kmaq Holdings Resource Guide

Commissioner of Public Records — Indians series

Letter from Chearnley to the Provincial Secretary regarding small pox among the Mi'kmaq at Spry harbour, Halifax County on the Eastern Shore. report totals: five deaths, nine cases and thirty-seven people in the community. Includes Joseph Bowman's related request for supplies for the Mi'kmaq.

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Halifax N.S.
Decr 24th 1860

We beg to call your attention to the enclosed letter relating to the fact that Small Pox has broken out amongst some Indian families residing about Spry Harbor Eastern Shore Halifax Cy.

We have also had an interview with a Mr Hall who left that neighbourhood on Friday 28th Ins. He states that there had been up to that date Five deaths in all 9 cases among the different families.

On referring to the C.I. Affairs Accts for the season we find the number of Indians in that locality to be about thirty seven. men women & children

I have the honor to be
Your obedient servant
[in essence MDD?] County of Halifax
Wm Chearnley
C I Affairs 2

The Honble
The Provincial Secretary
&c &c &c.

Date: 1860

Retrieval no.: Commissioner of Public Records — Indians series Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 Vol. 431 No. 113