Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

26/6/2007

Historic document lost

A rare piece of Canadian history was lost to the country yesterday after an auction in New York, where an elaborately hand-written, 385-year-old legal document – described as the contract for “Canada’s Mayflower” – was sold for $90,000 by a Canadian collector to an American antiquities dealer, who then flipped the relic to a second private buyer in the U.S.

The lambskin artifact, which outlines a 1622 agreement to send “the good shipp called the Planter” to the newly created colony of Nova Scotia, was accompanied by a letter from King James I authorizing payments to the Scottish nobleman who founded the first English-speaking settlement in mainland Canada. for more click here

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