While in Halifax preparing for the British attack on Fortress Louisbourg, Brigadier General James Wolfe (age thirty-one) hosted a party for forty-seven of his men at the Great Pontack Inn (built prior
to 1754, located at the corner of Duke and Water Streets). The event included ten musicians and plenty of food and liquid refreshments. Wolfe would return to the Pontack a year later on a stopover on his way to Quebec and the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. (Painting: James Wolfe by Joseph Highmore, c. 1745. Library and Archives Canada.)