Indian Commissioner Joseph Howe's first "Report on Indian Affairs" (see Journals of the House of Assembly, 25 January 1843, Appendix 1, p. 3) states that Howe had received plans of Mi'kmaq Reserves in Nova Scotia from the Surveyor General and copied them into his note book (RG 1 Volume 432 pp. 28-40). Original map comprises nine individual plans on one sheet; each plan is signed by John Spry Morris, Surveyor General, May 20, 1842. Howe's note book copies are embedded in narrative descriptions of his thoughts and encounters as he visited each reservation. An earlier and similar version of the original Surveyor General's map may be viewed on microfilm 14011.
Reference: Commissioner of Public Records — Indians series Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 Vol. 432 page 37
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