Editorial Notes



The King of Rivers. . . The Annapolis River, which flows southwest past the town of Annapolis Royal and empties into Annapolis Basis and, thence, the Bay of Fundy on the west coast of Nova Scotia.


Variety of Taste For a discussion of the picturesque aesthetic that lies behind the phrase and the surrounding lines, see the Introduction to Thomas Cary's Abram's Plains.


Nam'd for a pious Sov'reign Located in the area named Port-Royal by Samuel de Champlain, in 1604 and at the site of the French Fort Anne (1687f.), Annapolis Royal owes its name to Francis Nicholson, who captured the fort for the British in 1710 and renamed it in honour of Queen Anne (reign: 1702-1714), a member of the royal house of Stuart.


the Royal Port See the note to 30, above.


The decent Mansions Homes of particular historical importance in Annapolis Royal include the de Gannes-Cosby House (1708), the Adams-Ritchie House (1712), and the Totten/Bailey house (c. 1770). 


A Spire majestic rears it's solemn Vane Although a Church of England Mission was established in Annapolis-Royal in the 1760s and became Annapolis Parish circa 1790, the Anglican church in the village, St. Luke's, was not consecrated until 1791.  Viets's reference to "A Spire Majestic" suggests that an ecclesiastical structure existed in Annapolis-Royal as early as 1788.


their Pastor. Almost certainly, the Reverend Jacob Bailey (1731-1808), the Massachusetts-born minister of St. Luke's Church (see note 62, above).  A preacher in the Congregationalist ministry prior to his ordination in the Church of England in 1760, Bailey sided with the Loyalists during the American Revolution and as a consequence moved to Nova Scotia in 1779.  A good deal of information about his years in Annapolis-Royal (1780-1808) appears in William Stoodley Bartlet's The Frontier Missionary: a Memoir of the Life of the Rev. Jacob Bailey, A.M., Missionary at Pownalborough, Maine; Cornwallis and Annapolis, N.S. . . .(Boston: Ide and Dutton, 1853).  See also the entry on him by Julie Ross and Thomas B. Vincent in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography 5:47-48.