The first installment of Thomas Chandler Haliburton’s The Clockmaker was published in the Novascotian by Joseph Howe under the title Recollections of Nova Scotia. Haliburton presented a total of twenty-two sketches, which were published in 1836 as a first series collection titled The Clockmaker, or, the Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick of Slicksville. It was hugely popular, not only in Nova Scotia but also in Britain and the United States. A second series was published in London in 1838 and a third series in 1840. Haliburton published numerous further works. In 1858, he was the first colonial to receive an honorary doctorate for services to literature from Oxford University. He died in England, eight weeks after Nova Scotia joined Confederation. (Image: Thomas Chandler Haliburton. Library and Archives Canada).