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Accession number: U563
Category: Other Documents
Date: September 18 1867
Materials: PAPER
Measurements: 20.5 cm L x 14 cm W
Subject: NOVA SCOTIA, LUNENBURG COUNTY, BRIDGEWATER, COMMUNICATION, ANTI CONFEDERATES, CONFEDERATION, PEOPLE, ROBERT DAWSON, SR., R. LINDSAY, VOTING
Narrative: ROBERT DAWSON, SR. (1825-1894), CAME TO BRIDGEWATER FROM PORT MOUTON, QUEENS COUNTY, N.S., THE ONLY SON OF A SCOTTISH TRADER.  DAWSON CAME TO BRIDGEWATER IN 1848 TO MANAGE JOSEPH JENNING'S STORE.  DAWSON MARRIED MARTHA HEBB (1834-1911), AND HAD CHILDREN ROBERT, JR., EDITH, J. KENNETH, AND ELLA.  DAWSON BOUGHT OUT HIS EMPLOYER AND RAN THE HARDWARE BUSINESS REPUTED TO HAVE BEEN THE FIRST STORE IN BRIDGEWATER ON THE LAHAVE RIVER SIDE OF COMMERCIAL (KING) STREET.  DAWSON WAS INVOLVED IN MANY COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND A STRONG SUPPORTER OF THE ST. JOHN'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.  ROBERT DAWSON, SR. DIED 18 JANUARY 1894 AFTER HAVING RUN HIS STORE FOR 45 YEARS.  BURIAL WAS IN BROOKSIDE CEMETERY, BRIDGEWATER.

ROBERT DAWSON, SR. WAS CONSIDERED AN ANTI-CONFEDERATE OR AN ANTI, BEING PEOPLE WHO OPPOSED CONFEDERATION. THE FARMERS AND FISHERMEN OF NOVA SCOTIA, ESPECIALLY LUNENBURG COUNTY, OPPOSED CONFEDERATION AND STRONGLY BELIEVED THAT THEIR LOCAL NEEDS WOULD BE BETTER MET THROUGH THEIR COLONIAL GOVERNMENTS RATHER THAN THOSE OF A LARGER COUNTRY.
Description: SINGLE PIECE OF IVORY PAPER.  HANDWRITTEN WESTERN UNION TELEGRAM SENT TO ROBERT DAWSON, SR. OF BRIDGEWATER  FROM R. LINDSAY REGARDING THE CONFEDERATION VOTE IN 1867.
History of Use: CREATED TO RELAY A MESSAGE REGARDING THE VOTE.


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