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Author Name:    HARDY, Campbell) DOWNS, Andrew) CHEARNLEY, William)

Title:   Inland Fisheries and Game Protection Society, Halifax County, Nova Scotia

Publisher:    Macnab & Shaffer; Inland Fisheries and Game Protection Society, Halifax, 1865, 

Seller ID:   101820

(HARDY, Campbell). (DOWNS, Andrew). (CHEARNLEY, William). The Inland Fisheries and Game Protection Society, Halifax County, Nova Scotia. Halifax: printed by Macnab & Shaffer, 1865. Pp. (4),5-8. 8vo, printed sewn white wraps with black lettering and lightly decorated black border to front cover. A slim volume outlining the rules and regulations of "The Inland Fisheries and Game Protection Society", founded in April of 1853 under the title of the "Provincial Association for the Protection of the Inland Fisheries and Game of Nova Scotia", by Captain William Chearnley (who was still the organization's president at the time of publication; but was also instrumental in thefounding of the Halifax Volunteer Battalion). The organization is still in existence under the name of the Halifax Wildlife Association. Other office rs of the society include important figures in nineteenth-century Nova Scotian scientific and natural history. Captain [Campbell] Hardy (b. October 10, 1831, Norwich, Norfolk), who was stationed in Halifax from 1852 through 1867, served as the one of the two vice presidents of the organization. An avid sportsman and outdoorsman when not distracted by military matters, Hardy authored such key volumes as "Forest Life in Acadie" -- dubbed by eminenthistorian Harry Piers as ranking among "the best-written book that has yet appeared on woodland sport in Nova Scotia" -- and "Sporting Adventures in the New World"). The co-vice-president of the organization was one James Thomson, Esq. The council included among its ranks Andrew Downs, Esq. (b. September 27, 1811, New Brunswick, NJ; d. August 26, 1892 in Halifax), who wasthe proprietor of a zoological garden near the Northwest Arm on the outski rts of Halifax, to serve as a resource for the intensive study of the floraand ornithology of the region and beyond. Downs's expertise was best summe d up by his colleague Hardy, who stated that "every visitor desirous of acquaintance with the wild life in the woods or by the waters of Acadie, went to Downs for advice or reference" (from DCB). Other members of the council included W.M. [William] Harrington, Esq. (another founding member), George Piers, Esq. (who served with the organization for nearly fifty years), Col.[R.A.] Clifford, Captain Clerke, William Finlay, Esq., Frederick Blaiklock , Esq. (1837- November 25, 1873; the son of the designer of the Wellington Barracks), W.R. Corballis Esq. (a lieutenant in the 17th Regiment of Foot, Leicestershire), and [Mr. R.A.] Jesson, Esq. William C. Silver, Esq., was the organization's treasurer, and J.H. Duvar, Esq., their secretary. The second page features the organization's four article constitution. Page three lists eight bye-law articles. Pages four, five, and six document the "Laws of Nova Scotia relating to the Protection of Fish and Game" passed the 10thday of May, 1864, relating to river fisheries. Page seven lists the inspec tors of River Fisheries: William Grant (for Chezetcook, Pitpezwick [Petpeswick], Musquodoboit to Meagher's Grant), John Costley (Cole Harbour and Lawrencetown), James Sprott (Musquodoboit above the Grant), John Unwin (Sackville River), Nathaniel Mason (Indian River, Ingram River, North East and Hosier's River [?]), Gardiner Wilcox (Ship Harbor), Daniel Wright (Sheet Harbor), John Umlah (Nine Mile River), WIlliam Whitman (Beaver Harbour and SalmonRiver), Adam Griswell (Porter's Lake), David Dauphiney (Hubbard's Cove), J ohn Fulton (District 26), John Shelnutt (District 27), and an unnamed inspector for Mosier River. Page seven also has a general summary of the laws asthey related to "Moose and Carriboo" and "Birds". The final page contains a list of members (157), with their locations (all but four within Halifax). Covers rubbed, faint horizontal crease to volume, minor corner creasing to bottom right front corner (with some grubbiness to same corner on first leaf), else a very good copy. Scarce. 300.00


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