From The Story of Dartmouth, by John P. Martin:

The spring of the year 1806 was one of exceptional drought. Pumps and wells were bailed to the dregs. The woods were like tinder. To aggravate the situation, destructive forest fires raged in the rural areas of Dartmouth.

On Thursday evening, May 29th, the cottage on Old Preston Road belonging to Margaret Floyer and occupied by Governor D’Anseville, together with all the elegant furniture and decorations, and the surrounding outbuildings were entirely consumed. A house out there owned by Hon. Michael Wallace, and another belonging to Mrs. Phoebe Moody had the same fate. Henry Wisdom’s mill also fell a prey to the flames.

At Halifax, a request was issued by the Firewards asking inhabitants “to remove all combustible material from their homes while the drought prevails. They think it would be prudent for persons who are in the habit of smoking cigars to abstain from a practice which may be at this time highly dangerous”.