Haliburton, Thomas Chandler. 1853. The Sable Island Ghost. Pages 209-220 in “The Sam Slick Anthology”. Selected and introduced by Reginald Eyre Watters, 1969. Clarke, Irwin & Company Limited.
Note (ZL): Thomas Chandler Haliburton—historian, humorist and satirist, jurist and statesman—was born in Nova Scotia in 1796, and eventually moved to England where he became a Member of Parliament, remaining until his death in 1865. Haliburton was a prolific writer and created the character Sam Slick, one of the most popular characters of 19th century literature. In the Sam Slick stories, this fictional Yankee clock peddler shares his observations and anecdotes collected as he travels through Nova Scotia and Great Britain. One of Slick’s tales concerns the ghost of Mrs. Copeland, a woman washed ashore on Sable and murdered for her ring. Lyall Campbell (1994) writes: “What really happened in the shipwreck of the Frances and its aftermath has remained largely a mystery. The attempts to explain the unknown, the search for a comforting legend, as it were, culminated in a ghost story. The authoritative version of this legend, titled simply “A Sable Island Ghost Story” appeared a generation later in Sam Slick’s Wise Saws and Modern Instances…”.