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The Life & Works of

Richard John Uniacke

[1] Doull, p. 26.

[2] It would appear, though he returned to Ireland on possibly more than one occasion during his life, that things between father and son were never patched-up. Though the family was well to do, there were two sons which were left nothing on the death of the father, Richard John was one of them. (See Parker, p. 79.)

[3] Fergusson, Uniacke's Sketches ..., p. 1.

[4] It can be seen that Uniacke was listed as a witness, which raises the question whether a deal was struck. (See, "Papers relating to Trials for Treason in 1776-7" NSHS, #1 (1878), pp. 110-18.)

[5] Cuthbertson, p. 11.

[6] This office opened up once again in 1784, and again he was passed over in favour of a lawyer, a loyalist lawyer, who had been the Attorney General in New York, Samuel Sampson Blowers. Thereafter the two were rivals to one and other. Things got so bad between the two that Blowers challanged Uniacke to a duel, which did not take place because of the intervention of other people. Apparantly, Uniacke had dismissed a negro servant whom Blowers then took in as his servant. (Cuthbertson, p. 26.) Words were exchanged, and, it is to be remembered, that Uniacke usually had no problem expressing himself when he got his Irish tember up.

[7] The Solicitor-General (in England ranking next to the Attorney-General, in Scotland to the Lord-Advocate), takes the part of the state or crown in suits affecting the public interest. (OED) Whereas, The Attorney-General is a legal officer of the state empowered to act in all cases in which the state is a party. The title of the first ministerial law-officer of the government.

[8] Diary, Simeon Perkins, Vol. II, fn @ p. 118. In 1783, he won the seat for Sackville. However, with the creation of the province of New Brunswick in 1784, his first elected position came to an end.

[9] I have dealt with the Loyalists in an earlier part of my history.

[10] Vol. 2, p. 155.

[11] As quoted by Fergusson, Uniacke's Sketches ..., p. 2.

[12] Cuthbertson, p. 26.

[13] Cuthbertson points out at p. 37 how certain merchants at Halifax had suggested to Simeon Perkins that an opening that had occurred should be filled by Uniacke.

[14] Wright, p. 303. Elizabeth Newton survived Uniacke by 18 years. I have not been able to find much information on their son, Andrew Uniacke, except this: As of 1891, he lived in "comparatively vigorous health in England." (Power, p. 106.)

[15] http://museum.gov.ns.ca Murdoch set this out: "Married, at Halifax, May 3, 1805, [at] ... St. Paul's, Vice Admiral Sir Andrew Mitchell, K.B., commander-in-chief of H.M. Fleet on that station, to Miss Mary Uniacke, eldest daughter of R.J. Uniacke, esq'r., of this town; and Thomas N. Jeffery, esq'r., Collector of H.M. Customs, to Miss Martha Maria Uniacke, second daughter of the same gentleman." (vol. 3, p. 252.)

[16] Fergusson, Uniacke's Sketches ..., p. 3; and see, Cuthbertson, p. 62.

[17] The Dalhousie Journals, Vol. 1, p. 35.

[18] As quoted by Power, p. 111.

[19] "He was a most sociable man and a most agreeable companion. His keen sense of humour and inexhaustible flow of witty talk combined with his other qualities to make him generally popular and to make generally popular and to make him everywhere a welcome guest." (Power, p. 112.)


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