Fonds MC411 - Robert Reid letter

Title proper

Robert Reid letter

General material designation

  • Textual record

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

  • Source of title proper: Title is based on the authorship of the letter.

Level of description

Fonds

Reference code

CA PANB MC411

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Date(s)

  • Photocopied 1981 (Creation)
    Creator
    Reid, Robert

Physical description

4 pp. of textual records

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Name of creator

(ca. 1732-1828)

Biographical history

Robert Reid (ca. 1732-1828) was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. Reid was employed as an assistant and clerk to Adam Smith while he was writing "The Wealth of Nations". The two were friends, and kept in touch for some time. Robert Reid married Helen Geddes (1745-1810), and they had 6 children in Kirkcaldy, Scotland between 1766 and 1778.

In the summer of 1784, at the end of the American Revolutionary War, Robert Reid moved his family from Scotland to Newcastle, Northumberland County, New Brunswick and became a partner in a fishing venture with several other Miramichi residents. In the fall of that year their schooner was forced to overwinter in the Baie des Chaleur. The long journey overland from the Baie des Chaleur to Halifax, in the company of some aboriginals, became the focus of his letter to Adam Smith.

The following year Reid was appointed county coroner for Northumberland County. In 1795 he was made the high sheriff of the county, and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1813. He was also the first county treasurer, the registrar of deeds, and one of the first port wardens. In 1810 Reid's first wife, Helen, died; in 1819, he married Nancy Dunn. Robert Reid died on 5 April 1828.

Custodial history

Information about the custody of this record prior to acquisition is incomplete.

Scope and content

The letter from Robert Reid to Adam Smith is a record of Robert Reid's experiences and recollections as he travelled overland from Baie des Chaleur to Halifax, Nova Scotia in mid-winter in the company of some aboriginal people.

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition

Donated to the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick in April 1981 by Dr. George MacBeath, of Historical Resources Administration of New Brunswick.

Arrangement

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Location of originals

The original letter is held at the Glasgow University Library.

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

No restrictions

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

Associated materials

Related materials

Accruals

Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number

Subject access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules or conventions

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Language of description

Script of description

Sources

Accession area