....And the Feeling Was Mutual
If Peters’ associates are any indication, the resentment between agent and tenant may have been mutual; Peters’ land surveyor, Henry J. Cundall (who would later become the last owner of Beaconsfield), didn’t seem to think highly of area residents. He travelled throughout Cunards land, surveying plots and assessing the yield of the tenants farms; He once reflected on the residents of Murray Harbour in his diary:
What is to be done with them is a puzzle—too proud to be servants and not fit for masters.10.
An interesting observation, and maybe he was right! But Mr. Cundall didn't mention that beside servants and masters, there's a third option that probably best defines the category Murray Harbour residents wished to fall into: self-determining.
The issues between Cunards agent and his tenants would continue until Cunards death. In 1866, one year after Cunard died, his sons sold his land holdings to the Prince Edward Island government for $257,933.30.3. That works out to about $1.21 per acre. In the coming decades, the government would sell the land back to the people who resided on it, and the resolution that finally came to lot 64 would be extended across the rest of the Island with PEI’s entry into Confederation. It was then, in the 1870’s, that the land conflict that had been going on for the past 100+ years finally found a resolution that was satisfactory for (some) Islanders.