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[17] character glimpses, and for the union on one page of a still loving pair, is despatched to Mr. Robert Angus, Waterborough,1 River St. John, New Brunswick, to the care of Mr. Geo. Harden, City of St. John. Thus it reads:

Abijah Garrison to his parents.

Granville, April 4th, 1805.
2 Much Respected Parents: This perhaps is the last you may Expect from me dated at Granville as I am about to remove to Newbury Port in the united states, Where I Expect to Spend the remainder of my days. I have been following the Rule of false Position, or rather permutation, these Seven Last years,3 and have never been able to Solve the Question to my Satisfaction till now. Not that I am disaffected towards Government but the barreness of these Eastern Climates rather Obliges me to seek the welfare of my family in a more hospitable Climate, where I shall be less expos'd to the Ravages of war4 and stagnation of business, which is severely felt in Nova Scotia. The Prohibition of the American trade may in time help this Country5 but from want of Circulating Cash this Country will long lay bound in Extreme difficulties and Perpetual Lawsuits. [The] last winter was attended with distress among a great number of Poor people in this Place. The scarcity of bread and all kind of vegetables was too well known in this Part of Nova Scotia, the Great Drouth Last summer Cut off all


1 Jemseg was in the parish of Waterborough.

2 Ms.

3 This gives 1798 as the date of the last sojourn on the Jemseg, or even of the marriage of Abijah and Fanny.

4 With Napoleon, namely.

5 This refers to the short-sighted policy adopted by Great Britain after the American Revolution. Inasmuch as the United States had ‘become the rivals of England in trade and manufactures, it was thought necessary to confine the imports [of the colonies] to Tobacco, Naval Stores, and such articles as the British Colonies did not produce in sufficient quantities for their own use and consumption, and which could not be obtained elsewhere,’ and likewise to limit the exports, ‘such articles and goods being imported and exported by British subjects and in British ships’ (Haliburton's “Historical and Statistical account of Nova Scotia,” 2.384). The act regulating this trade in force in 1805 was that of 28 George III.; and even as Abijah Garrison was writing, Sir John Wentworth, Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, was about to sign a proclamation (April 5, 1805) indicating certain articles which, under the discretion allowed him, might be imported for the space of three months, still in British bottoms only (Nova Scotia Royal Gazette, June 13, 1805).

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