The Halifax Journal was founded by John Howe (1754–1835). He arrived in Halifax the previous year. He had witnessed the Boston Tea Party in December 1773 and considered himself a Loyalist — not so much to the Crown, but rather to the “British heritage, and the contribution of Britons over the centuries to politics, the arts, science, and literature.” Before evacuating to Halifax, he had trained as a junior partner on two Boston newspapers. He was the father of Joseph Howe (1804–1873). (Also see Howe, January 14, 1851.). (Image: John Howe (1754–1835), by William Valentine (NB Museum).