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Letters to the editor, October 19, 2017 

These are the letters and comments from the print edition.

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Finding Cornwallis

Maybe it was a time or space limitation, but It's unfortunate that Jon Tattrie did not include the full text of Edward Cornwallis' 1749 proclamation in his "When Daniel Paul found Edward Cornwallis" article (Voice of The City, October 12). Using the full text of the proclamation that accompanied the Halifax Council minutes of Oct 1, 1749 would have provided additional context in understanding this controversial issue.

A key part of the 1749 proclamation reads, "do promise a reward of 10 Guineas for every Indian, Mic-mack, taken or killed to be paid upon producing such savage taken or his scalp...if killed to the officers commanding at Halifax, Annapolis Royal or Minas." The proclamation makes no mention of women and children. The 1749 proclamation, which Cornwallis rescinded in 1752, was the only one he issued during his three years as Governor and there is little verifiable documentation showing the number of scalps turned in at Halifax during his three-year tenure. —Len Canfield, Halifax

I am of Scottish decent, and no other peoples hated the English more than the Scots for the atrocities that were bestowed upon them by the English and Cornwallis, in particular. But today there is a real attack going on with anything to do with an English name, and it is unnecessarily keeping the hatred going.

First it was Cornwallis, started by chief Dan Paul for the atrocities committed against his ancestors. Then Isobel Hamilton, a Scottish immigrant of Centreville, NS, said Cornwallis also played a brutal role in suppressing the Jacobite rebellion in her Scottish homeland, and she wants his name erased from the Cornwallis River. Montreal mayor Denis Coderre, most certainly of French descent, wants to change the name of a street bearing the name of British general Jeffery Amherst, who also committed atrocities against Indigenous peoples.

While all of this is most certainly true, it is part of history. A violent history, where many European nations battled back and forth claiming territory in South, Central and North Americas. Before the British became victors in North America, many battles were fought where the French, Scots and Aboriginals banded together to fight them. And now it appears that the French, Scots and Indigenous peoples have a penchant to carry on with their bitter attacks by trying to erase the names of all British military figures who were prominent in establishing English control in North America.

If you erase the names of Cornwallis and Amherst from places, things and rivers, what about the English names some Indigenous people go by? Where does it stop? It is time to move on from the controversy of the Cornwallis statue. You can change the name of Halifax back to the indigenous name of Chebucto, but it will still be the place established by Cornwallis. —Gary MacLeod, Halifax

Correction

Last week in The City story "Wanderers stadium might not be game-ready until 2019," by Victoria Walton, we incorrectly stated that Ticket Halifax, which is owned by The Coast, is the ticketing partner for Sports & Entertainment Atlantic. Ticket Halifax is not SEA's ticketer, and The Coast sincerely regrets the error.

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