# 1849 June 9: Advertisement, call for tenders
# 1851 March: Act to Incorporate the Nova Scotia Electric Telegraph Co.
On this day, the Nova Scotia Legislature passed 10 Victoria chapter 58, An Act to Incorporate the Nova Scotia Electric Telegraph Company, with an authorized capital of £5,000, "to construct and operate a telegraph line between Halifax and the New Brunswick border, to meet the telegraph line from Quebec and St. Andrews, and such branch lines as might appear necessary and expedient." Nothing was done, and the next year this Act was repealed.
for Building an Electric Tele-
graph from Halifax to Amherst and
onwards, in the Province of
Sealed Tenders will be received un-
til the 30th day of June next, for building
a Line of Electric Telegraph, starting from the City of
Halifax – following the public road on the western side of
Bedford Basin, thence from the head of the Basin to the
Eastern Post Road from Halifax to Truro, and from Tru-
ro to the north-west boundary of Nova Scotia, passing
through the village of Amherst – following generally the
line of the Post Road, or such other line near thereto as
may be hereafter directed by the Commissioners.
The line will be built forty posts to the mile – said posts
to be of Hacmatac or Cedar, 25 feet in length, 6 inches
in diameter at the top, stripped of bark, as nearly straight
as the natural growth will permit, and each post to be
set five feet in the ground, either in sand or gravel, and
strongly embedded. Where rocks occur, they are to be
firmly secured by means of foot bands and braces ; or by a
wall of stone well lade [laid], not less than five feet in height,
wedging towards the poles; and where soft or wet earth
or clay is found, the hole shall be enlarged sufficiently,
and the earth replaced with stone, so as to prevent equal-
ly the poles from being disturbed or driven from the per-
pendicular by the action of violent winds, or their up-
heaving in soft and wet soil by the frost.
Where the Line passes through forests, dead trees and
all other tress, which, by falling, may touch the wires,
to be cut down at the expense of the Contractor – the ob-
ject being to prevent the working of the Line being af-
fected by wind falls.
The line is to be constructed with a single line of wire,
of the best quality, number nine, and weighing not less
than 330 lbs. to the mile – such wire to be firmly con-
nected with, and yet insulated from, the top of the posts
by the Patent Insulator – of which a pattern may be seen
by applying at the office of the Provincial Secretary. It
consists of a cast iron shaft, with teeth cup and cover,
glass ball, with bolt and shoulder, nuts and screws at
each end to secure the wire firmly to the glass ball. The
glass ball to be cemented in the cast iron cup, with a
non-conducting cement, by a lining of some non-conduct-
ing substance between the bolt head and the cover, so as
to secure a insulation, and to protect the glass from frac-
ture and other damage.
The party contracting will be required to furnish the
necessary Registers, Batteries, and magnets, of the latest
and best quality, of Morse's Patent, for not less than
three stations – their different sites to be hereafter ap-
pointed by the Commissioners.
The whole line will be required to be completed in
good working order, and ready to be delivered to the
Commissioners or their Agents fit for immediate use, on
or before the 1st day of November next.
The Tenders will not include the cost of the Poles –
the Commissioners having already arranged, by Contract,
for a sufficient number of these to build the whole line ;
and these will be laid down in such quantities and sites
as may be required.
Ample and satisfactory security will be required for
the due and faithful performance of the work, as above
GEORGE R. YOUNG
A. G. ARCHIBALD
George R. Young
Thomas Logan, (1794-1875) farmer at Amherst, Nova Scotia; Member of the Provincial Parliament at Halifax representing Amherst Township 1843-1847.
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