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title Robert Bruce Stewart and the Land Question
creator Stewart, Deborah
subject Island Magazine
subject Prince Edward Island Museum
description You know particulars, I believe, no living man but myself could have laid open to you of bygone misrule and peculation, from which the proprietors and their interests have suffered; you know the inane stupidity of the cry for 'free land', and you know the parties, not tenants, who have most loudly, and for their own private sinister ends, raised and re-echoed it, ad nauseam. This bitter tirade from Robert Bruce Stewart to Lieutenant Governor W. F. C. Robinson, written at the close of 1873, came near the end of a long struggle. The largest resident proprietor on Prince Edward Island, owning more than 67,000 acres, Robert Bruce was forced to sell the majority of his land in 1875 to the Prince Edward Island government. He fought against this moment nearly all his life. He had struggled against vast odds, against reality itself, hoping to keep alive the Stewart vision inherited from his father. This dream encompassed hopes for a large, landed proprietorship of great prestige and wealth. It proved an Old World dream, inappropriately transplanted in a New World and a new age.
publisher Prince Edward Island Museum
date 1987
type Document
format application/pdf
identifier vre:islemag-batch2-275
source 21
language en_US
rights Please note that this material is being presented for the sole purpose of research and private study. Any other use requires the permission of the copyright holder(s), and questions regarding copyright are the responsibility of the user.

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title Robert Bruce Stewart and the Land Question
creator Stewart, Deborah
subject Island Magazine
subject Prince Edward Island Museum
description You know particulars, I believe, no living man but myself could have laid open to you of bygone misrule and peculation, from which the proprietors and their interests have suffered; you know the inane stupidity of the cry for 'free land', and you know the parties, not tenants, who have most loudly, and for their own private sinister ends, raised and re-echoed it, ad nauseam. This bitter tirade from Robert Bruce Stewart to Lieutenant Governor W. F. C. Robinson, written at the close of 1873, came near the end of a long struggle. The largest resident proprietor on Prince Edward Island, owning more than 67,000 acres, Robert Bruce was forced to sell the majority of his land in 1875 to the Prince Edward Island government. He fought against this moment nearly all his life. He had struggled against vast odds, against reality itself, hoping to keep alive the Stewart vision inherited from his father. This dream encompassed hopes for a large, landed proprietorship of great prestige and wealth. It proved an Old World dream, inappropriately transplanted in a New World and a new age.
publisher Prince Edward Island Museum
date 1987
type Document
format application/pdf
identifier vre:islemag-batch2-275
source 21
language en_US
rights Please note that this material is being presented for the sole purpose of research and private study. Any other use requires the permission of the copyright holder(s), and questions regarding copyright are the responsibility of the user.