William Craig (ca. 1790-1874) was a noted Halifax character who wrote under the signature "Will the Ranter of Craig Lee". His publications include Rich Men: A Lecture by Will the Ranter, at the New Market Hall, Oct. 9, 1863 (1863) and Verses (Halifax, 1869). Craig's rhyme,"The Champion of Nova Scotia", which appeared in Verses, criticized Joseph Howe's political switch from Anti-Confederate M.P. to Conservative cabinet minister: "What has come o'er our champion Joe/ That he has been converted so/ Why should he go and join the foe.../ Go with the traitors one and a';/ You've sold yourself to Ottawa...."
Photographer: Notman Studio
Date: 1 August 1871
Reference: Notman Studio Nova Scotia Archives no. 6248 / negative: N-4052
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