Fonds MC265 - Robert Salter

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Robert Salter

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  • 1784-1842 (Creation)
    Salter, Robert

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2 cm of textual records

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(fl. 1784-1842)

Biographical history

Robert Salter was a half-pay officer and resided at Parrsboro, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His account book suggests that he had a general store, lumbering operation, and a farm located near Parrsboro. In the 1840s, he also owned a trading vessel, the "Mary Salter", that sailed from Nova Scotia to various ports, including Boston, New York, Portland, Saint John (N.B.), and Liverpool (England). His trade goods included salt and coal. William W. Salter, possibly the son of Robert Salter, was working with him in the business. Other Salters mentioned in the account book include George Salter, John Salter, and Thomas Salter. Apparently the Salter family was closely connected with the parish church (Church of England) at Parrsboro.

Custodial history

The account book was originally housed at the Legislative Library in Fredericton, New Brunswick. At various times it was also used as a copy book and diary. Information about its custody prior to 1971 is incomplete.

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This account book includes entries on half-pay; business transactions in grain, lumber, foodstuffs, shoes and boots, rum, tobacco, and other goods; and exchanges of labour. It also includes receipts of payments made on accounts and brief entries relating to voyages of the trading vessel the "Mary Salter," specifically, the dates she left and returned to Nova Scotia and her ports of call. Entries are written in several hands other than Robert Salter's, one possibly being William W. Salter's.

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Transferred from the Legislative Library to the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick in June 1971.


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  • English

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