Pipe Personalities - Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Thomas Chandler Haliburton
“The fact is, squire, the moment a man takes to a pipe, he becomes a philosopher. It's the poor man's friend; it calms the mind, soothes the temper, and makes a man patient under difficulties. It has made more good men, good husbands, kind masters, indulgent fathers, than any other blessed thing on this universal earth.”
I could not find any solid evidence, photo or writen, that Thomas Chandler Haliburton smoked a pipe and on the contrary, some writings may lead the reader t believe that smoking, among other vices, was not good. But anyone responsible for the quote shown above must have smoked a pipe and deserves recognition in these pages.
(Excerpted from Wikipedia, DiplomatOnline & The Canadian Encylopedia )
Thomas Chandler Haliburton was born on December 17, 1796, in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Haliburton attained distinction as a local businessman and as a judge, but his greatest fame came from his published writings. He wrote a number of books on history, politics, and farm improvement. He first rose to international fame with his Clockmaker serial, which first appeared in the Novascotian and later published as a book throughout the British Empire, becoming popular light reading. The work recounted the humorous adventures of the character Sam Slick.
Haliburton was eager to promote immigration to the colonies of British North America. One of his first written works was an emigrant's guide to Nova Scotia published in 1823, A General Description of Nova Scotia; Illustrated by a New and Correct Map The community of Haliburton, Nova Scotia was named after him. The mention "hurly on the long pond on the ice", which appears in the second volume of The Attaché, or Sam Slick in England, a work of fiction published in 1844, has been interpreted by some as a reference to a hockey-like game he may have played during his years at King's College. It is the basis of Windsor's disputed claim to being the town that fathered hockey.
Haliburton created the character Sam Slick in 1835. With his wry wit and Yankee voice, Sam Slick of Slicksville put forward his views on "human nature" in a regular column in the Novascotian. The twenty-one sketches were published in a collection titled The Clockmaker, or the Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick of Slicksville, First Series in 1836, supplemented by an additional 12 unpublished or new sketches. The book was Canada's first international bestseller and was hugely popular, not only in Nova Scotia but also in Britain and the United States.
Slick’s wise-cracking commentary on the colonial life of Nova Scotia and relations with the U.S. and Britain struck a note with readers, leading to a second series in 1838 and a third in 1840. The satirical sketches, mocking both Canadians and Americans, made Haliburton one of the most popular writers of comic fiction in English of that era. The Clockmaker (which was also translated into German) established Haliburton as one of the founders of North American humor. As Arthur Scobie notes in The Canadian Encyclopedia, The Clockmaker stories "proved immensely popular and, ironically, have influenced American humor as much as Canadian.
Did you know that… "He drank like a fish,” "The early bird gets the worm,” "It's raining cats and dogs,” "You can't get blood out of a stone,” "As quick as a wink,” "Six of one and half a dozen of the other,” "There's many a true word said in jest,” “Barking up the wrong tree,” and “Facts are stranger than fiction,” were all expressions of Sam Slick and all of which are still widely used today in everyday American vernacular.
Under the guise of a slick Yankee, Haliburton could criticize Britain and her colonial administration in ways a colonist never could. His observations on Nova Scotia life were pointed and sarcastic. “We (Americans) reckon hours and minutes to be dollars and cents. They do nothin’ in these parts but eat, drink, smoke, sleep, ride about, lounge at taverns, make speeches at temperance meetin’s, and talk about ‘House of Assembly." An energetic entrepreneur and an unscrupulous con man, Slick’s business motto was “let the buyer beware.” He insisted that, although stealing a watch was wrong, it would be “moral and legal” to cheat someone out of one. He was a great conniver and an astute observer of his fellow human beings, and allowed that it was the “knowledge of soft sawder and human natur” that made him a successful pedlar.
To counter his protagonist’s critical outsider persona, Haliburton created a foil, the Squire, a Nova Scotian who was not ignorant, lazy or uncouth, and who was endowed with an ironic Bluenose sense of humour. The Squire embodied the positive qualities of industriousness and energy that Slick contended Nova Scotians should acquire.
In 1856, Thomas Chandler Haliburton retired from law and moved to England. In the same year, he married Sarah Harriet Owen Williams. In 1859, Haliburton was elected the Member of Parliament for Launceston, Cornwall as a member of the Conservative minority; he did not stand for re-election in 1865. Haliburton received an honorary degree from Oxford for his services to literature. He continued writing until his death on 27 August 1865, at his home in Isleworth, near London. - read more
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