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Joseph Howe
Joseph Howe, PC (December 13, 1804 June 1, 1873) was a ship builder and born the son of John Howe and Mary Edes at Halifax, Nova Scotia. In retrospect he is seen to be one of the Fathers of Canadian Confederation, even though he actually opposed the union. The Howe family was of Puritan stock from Massachusetts. Having remained loyal to the crown during the American Revolution, the family of John Howe joined the flood of United Empire Loyalists out of the United States after the American revolutionaries succeeded in their claims of independence. On arrival at Halifax, John Howe was rewarded for his loyalty by appointment as Postmaster-General. Since he was in the printing business, John Howe was appointed also the King's Printer. Joseph Howe was born at Halifax, Nova Scotia, the son of John Howe and Mary Edes. His son, Joseph Howe, like many lads of that time, received only a limited formal education before beginning an apprenticeship at the age of 13. He served his apprenticeship at the printing shop that the senior Howe had established in 1781. They published a newspaper, the Halifax Journal. He married Catherine Ann Susan McNab on February 2, 1828. That same year he went into the printing business himself with the purchase of the Novascotian, a Halifax newspaper. Howe acted as its editor until 1841, turning the paper into the most influential in the province. Not only did he personally report the legislative assembly debates in its columns, he also published provincial literature and his own travel writings, using the paper as a means for educating the people of Nova Scotia and himself.

a dream within a dream
 
 
Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow --
... [read poem]
my last dance
 
 
The shell of objects inwardly consumed
Will stand, till some convulsive wind awakes;
Such ... [read poem]
mother mind
 
 
I never made a poem, dear friend--
I never sat me down, and said,
This cunning brain ... [read poem]
annabel lee
 
 
It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived wh... [read poem]
once more i put my bonnet on
 
 
Once more I put my bonnet on,
And tie the ribbons blue,
My showy poplin dress I don,... [read poem]
the raven
 
 
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious vo... [read poem]
coquette et froide
 
 
What is thy thought of me?
What is thy feeling?
Lov'st thou the veil of sense,
Or its... [read poem]
the city in the sea
 
 
Lo! Death has reared himself a throne
In a strange city lying alone
Far down within the di... [read poem]
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