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Introduction, Part 1 to the Life & Works of
Richard John Uniacke

During the first three decades of the 19th century, Nova Scotia saw a number of luminaries in business and in politics. Two hundred years have passed and the memory of many of these wonderful Nova Scotians have dimmed, or indeed, have passed out of the memories of ordinary persons. There is a good chance that a person, who is remotely interested in the history of the province, would recall the names of such people as Samuel Cunard, Thomas Chandler Haliburton, or Joseph Howe; and maybe even sort them out in respect to their endeavours whether in shipping, in writing or in political reform. Richard John Uniacke may not be remembered as well as the three just named, but he was a shining light of his times.

Uniacke attained a high positions in both government and in his legal career. But not as high as some who now are almost forgotten. Why is this? Well, to begin with, Richard John Uniacke lived a long life. And during his life he had a large presence not only in the physical sense but also because of his Irish wit and humor by which all remembered him. So too, as Justice Doull pointed out in his short article on the man:

"There remains the first volume of The Statutes at Large [his consolidation he made in 1805], which was the foundation of future revisions of Nova Scotia statutes, and there remains in the possession of the Government of Nova Scotia his residence at Mount Uniacke, which is preserved as a memorial of his life and times."
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