Letter : 1785.
|Call Number:||HIL-MICL FC LFR .B5S3L4|
|Creator:||Blowers, Sampson Salter, -1842.|
|Description:||1 Electronic textual records () ; 35 mm|
Sampson Salter Blowers, born in Boston, Massachusetts, was the son of John Blowers, a lieutenant who died at the siege of Louisbourg. He was raised by his grandfather Sampson Salter, graduated from Harvard with a Master of Arts degree in 1765, studied law in the office of Thomas Hutchinson, and became a successful barrister in the Massachusetts Superior Court. During the American Revolution he went to England for a short period, and when he returned to America he was employed in the Vice-Admiralty Court in New York. In September 1783, he sailed for Halifax where he resumed his law practice. Many political appointments were to follow: Attorney-General of Nova Scotia and Speaker of the House of Assembly in 1785; first Loyalist member of the Legislative Council in 1788; Chief Justice as well as President of the Legislative Council in 1797; and Judge of the Vice-Admiralty Court, 1821-1833. In 1833 he retired from public life and died in Halifax on 25 October 1842.
A letter from Sampson Salter Blowers, Attorney-General of Nova Scotia, to Ward Chipman (1754-1824), Solicitor-General of New Brunswick, discussing prize ships and other Admiralty cases dealing with captured shipping, providing a personal account of the intricacies and complication of prize courts. Forgery, libel, and the Solicitor General are mentioned, and the letter closes with personal sentiments.
|Originals:||The original records are held by the Nova Scotia Archives.|
|Archival Ref. No.:||NSA 2015-022|
See Electronic Finding Aid field for electronic copy of letter. No microfilm version.
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Image of letter posted with the permission of the Nova Scotia Archives.