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Letters to John Young from his son, William Young
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MS-2-80, SF Box 18, Folder 28
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4 pages (1 folder)
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John Young, son of William and Janet Young, was born at Falkirk, Scotland in September 1773 and educated at Glasgow University. He was a merchant in Glasgow before emigrating to Nova Scotia with his wife and four sons in April 1814. He established a business in Halifax importing and selling dry goods under the name John Young and Company. His interest in agriculture prompted him to write a series of letters to the Acadian Recorder in 1818 under the pen name Agricola, urging the improvement of agricultural practices in Nova Scotia. He was subsequently appointed secretary and treasurer of the newly established Central Board of Agriculture in 1819 and also served as member of the Legislative Assembly for Sydney County from 1824 until his death. He died at his farm, Willow Park, near Halifax on 6 October 1837. Young and his wife Agnes "Nancy" (Renny) had nine children, three surviving to adulthood: William, George, and Charles.
The materials were accessioned by Dalhousie University Archives in 1970. Prior to that, the letters were in the custody of J.H.M. Young, who donated them in 1959.
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File consists of one handwritten letter (1833) to John Young from his son and business agent, William Young, and a transcription of an earlier letter (1815) from William.
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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.
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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.
See also Sir William Young fonds (MS-2-81) and George Renny Young fonds (MS-2-212).
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Preferred citation: Letters to John Young from his son, William Young, MS-2-80, SF Box 18, Folder 28, Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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This file description comes from the Dalhousie University Archives Catalog. The complete, original description is available there.