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Title Correspondence between David Cobb and others, regarding land, payment and legislation
Archival Reference Ms. N-1000
Sub-collection David Cobb Papers  
Author Bingham, William  Cobb, David  
Date 9-22 Feb 1796
Document Type Correspondence
Contents Includes:
Letter from William Bingham (Philadelphia) to David Cobb inviting him to dine and informing him of a bonus for his "extra troubles and services," 9 Feb. 1796
Settled account of David Cobb with Isaac Shaw and Co. for cloth and sundries for 29 May 1795-12 Feb. [1796], [12 Feb. 1796]
"An act establishing and regulating the fees of the several officers and other persons hereafter mentioned and for repealing the laws heretofore made for that purpose," passed [13 Feb. 1796] [manuscript copy]
Order from Joseph Tillinghast (Gouldsboro, Me.) on David Cobb to pay Nathan Jones $31.80, 13 Feb. 1796
Letter from Samuel S. Wilde (Warren, Me.) to David Cobb about lands Cobb purchased on the Androscoggin River, 16 Feb. 1796
Letter from H. Stevenson (Taunton) to David Cobb about plans to purchase Cobb's house and turn it into a tavern, 18 Feb. 1796
Letter from Josiah Smith (New Gloucester) to David Cobb requesting right of refusal on a lot belonging to Cobb, 19 Feb. 1796
Letter from Seth Bannister (Brookfield) to David Cobb about the purchase of a township in Maine, 22 Feb. 1796
Sub-collection Information This collection consists of the papers of David Cobb primarily documenting his position as land agent for William Bingham in Maine, including papers related to the settlement of Maine, logging and the lumber trade, roads, and other subjects. Also included are papers related to his service during the American Revolution and his career as a politician and judge.

David Cobb was a Revolutionary War soldier and aide-de-camp to General George Washington, speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and president of the Senate, physician, judge, member of Congress, lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, and a founder of the Society of the Cincinnati and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The collection contains letters to Charles W. Hare, Bingham's Philadelphia agent, and Alexander Baring, the future Lord Ashburton and representative of London's House of Baring. Also included are legal actions, financial accounts, maps, and inventories related to land development, fishing, lumbering, census reports, lotteries, the laying out of streets, and the construction of wharves, warehouses, and sawmills in Gouldsboro, Maine, which Cobb tried to develop as a major commercial port.

The collection also contains eight fragmentary diaries kept by Cobb, 1781-1818; a manuscript notebook with sketches; lists of British ships of the line; instructions for naval officers; letters to various members of the Cobb family; and letters from William Eustis, Henry Knox, Timothy Pickering, and Israel Thorndike concerning foreign relations, state politics, and miscellaneous financial matters related to the firm of Cobb and Richards, in which Cobb was partner.
Region American East  
Subjects Leisure, Entertainment and Social Life  Towns and Cities  Land Transaction and Property  Banking and Finance  Stores and Supplies  Textiles  Pay and Wages  Legislation  
Places Philadelphia; Pennsylvania; Gouldsboro; Maine; Taunton; New Gloucester; Brookfield
People Cobb, David (1748-1830)  Bingham, William (1752-1804)  Tillinghast, Joseph (1790-1844)  
Themes Land & Property; Business, Trade & Commerce
Library Massachusetts Historical Society  
Copyright Massachusetts Historical Society