But yet, as "nether millstones" hard
The hearts of men appear,
Smooth shaved, "or bearded like the pard"
They're worse from year to year.
My "virtue is its own reward,"
I'm sitting single here.
(Once More I Put my Bonnet On, 37-42)
Editor and owner of the Novascotian, then leader of the Reformers' party, Joseph Howe in 1848 obtained for Nova Scotia status as the first British colony to achieve responsible government. He became Liberal party premier of the province's government from 1860 to 1863, a federal cabinet minister under Sir John A. Macdonald in 1869, and Lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia in 1873, just prior to his death. Although he began preparing his poems and essays before then, his family brought them to publication a year late
Given name: Joseph
Family name: Howe
Birth date: 1804
Death date: 1873