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Loyalists of Shelburne

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1791  12 May

    536. James Clarke to Gideon White, in receipt of letter. He has delivered White's letter to the Governor. "I remarked to the Governor that your Expectations were well founded of which His Excellency appeared sensible but at present has determined nothing - He wishes he had something more suited to your Merits as well as Mr. Ogden's - The Candidates are yourself, Mr. Ogden, Capt. McKinnon, Mr. Brinley, & Dr. Burns." Holograph.

White Family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 950 No. 536


Sable R.

    543. Return of inhabitants, stock etc. in the district of Sable River and Port Herbert, giving the names of the inhabitants.  

White Family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 950 No. 543


1792  27 Jun

    552. John Tench to Gideon White , reporting on the fire which is ravaging the countryside. ''I wrote you a few days since by Mr. McLeod at which time the amazing Fires that surround us had not approached Your Farm, but on the next day it broke out on the Birch Town Road and has continued raging ever since, the whole almost of Yours & Doles Fences are gone, and the Grass on the Hill & behind the Stone Wall burnt the same as if it had been cut and dryed such is the drought, the whole of the Oats is scorched and I am afraid ruined past recovery, as yet it has not touched the Potatoes, but without rain I am afraid they will not escape,...the Settlement has received by it a very deadly Wound & numbers totally - ruined; and Forage will not be able to be had, You had therefore better buy about Six bushels of Oats and have them sowed where they Others were, they will make good Fodder & I have Grass Seed still remaining to sow with them - with the addition of five or six pounds of White Clover & You will want a pound of Turnip Seed...'' Holograph.

White Family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 950 No. 552


pre 1792  6 Nov

    560. Draft of letter from Gideon White to Nathaniel Whitworth. He left Boston earlier than he expected, in order to attend the House of Assembly. He had not been there long when word came of a fire in the vicinity of Shelburne, whither he went as soon as possible, to find a dreadful scene of desolation. "The Town is saved - but the Inhabitants being constantly fatigued in fire and smoak for fifteen Days - the Men, Women & Children from the Country - with their Cattle - refugees from their destroyed Farms - all dependant on the Hospitality and Charity of the fiew who could assist them, it is impossible for me to give you an adequate Idea of this Truly Tradgigal Scene - When you are informed that fifty Dwelling Houses besides Mills Barns and other Outhouse are destroyed - which belonged to the Loyal Industries Husbandmen who have for Nine Years been contending with this unfriendly Soil - to gain a subsistance - to have all these Labour and Prospects blasted in One Hour - I say knowing this to be fact - you may form some faint Idea of Shelburne" "such is my situation that it is impossible for ever to replace my Loss. This last stroke has completely knock'd down this Settlement, the 800 Negros who were carried to Serea Leone was a serious loss but more so to me than any One - I had Eight Negro Families Tenants which had each a quantity of my Land and allow'd me rent - each had his House &c. those are all gone & the Houses destroyed - but the most serious matter is my Grist Mill - No Grist - enough of Dissagreeables - I will make the best of it - ". Further remarks about Chas. Whitworth. 

White Family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 950 No. 560


1793  9 Jul

    567. Wm. Walter to Gideon White, in receipt of letters and packages for his friends. ''I should have sent you a Box of Candles as wished for & your milk pans, but Capt. Neguit is unwilling to take anything Contraband, the next opportunity must serve.'' Holograph.

White Family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 950 No. 567


1793  23 Aug

    569. Order to James Spry Heaton, Clerk of the Cheque to His Majesty's Ordnance, for certain articles of ordnance and stores to be issued to Capt. Gideon White.  List of articles. Form of receipt to be signed by White. [Enclosed in Heaton to White, 24 Aug., below]

White Family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 950 No. 569


1794  10 May
New York

    574. Jas. Dole to Gideon White, in receipt of letter. He is sorry to learn of the bad state of Shelburne. "- you never wrote me a word abote Geting a Grant for my Lots which Joins you - now the Enemy of Shelburne is moved, to his grave and its frind at the Helm, I would hope that there be but little difficulty in obtaining a Grant for my two lots at the Falls, the Embargo has prevented my being with you this season. I greatly wonder that the four Cows & fine places in such Order would not rent for something handsome seeing it was in the care of so able a man as yourself but I expect it must be oweing to the decrease of its Inhabitants. Corn is very scarce & hard to be got price 4/6 p. Bushel, the Peopple aboute Albany sledom have any corn to dispose of, but if it was ever so Cheape & plenty the Embargo prevents its being shipt." Friendly messages. [Bad Spelling.] Holograph.

White Family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 950 No. 574


1795  31 Aug

    585. Instructions issued by the Commissioners of the Admiralty to direct officers commanding H. M. ships in impressing seamen.  Printed, addressed to John Whipple, commanding H. M. gunboat the attack.  13 pp. Signed.

White Family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 950 No. 585


1795  14 Oct

    587. Commission making Gideon White deputy Naval Officer for the port and county of Shelburne, signed by W. Cottnam Tonge, Naval Officer for the province.  

White Family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 950 No. 587


1795  14 Oct

    588. Instructions of the Naval Officer to his deputy as to carrying on the business of the office.  13 articles. Signed.

White Family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 950 No. 588

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