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Title Correspondence and power of attorney document relating mainly to Bingham's Maine lands
Archival Reference Ms. N-1000
Sub-collection David Cobb Papers  
Author Bingham, William  Cobb, David  Baring, Alexander  
Date 19-30 Apr 1796
Document Type Correspondence; Legal document
Contents Includes:
Observations on Maine lands by [Alexander Baring], [19 Apr. 1796] [copy]. Enclosed in letter from William Bingham to David Cobb, 30 Apr. 1796.
Letter from William Bingham (Philadelphia) to David Cobb enclosing answers to questions raised by Cobb, informing Cobb of Bingham's plan to visit Maine in the company of [Alexander] Baring, and discussing financial matters, 19 Apr. 1796. Enclosed with power of attorney authorizing Cobb to sell land and observations of [Alexander Baring], [19 Apr. 1796].
Answers by William Bingham to questions posed by David Cobb about the sale of Maine lands and road cutting, 19 Apr. 1796. Enclosed in letter from Bingham to Cobb, 30 Apr. 1796.
Power of attorney from William Bingham to David Cobb to sell Bingham's Maine lands for 6 months, 30 Apr. 1796. Enclosed in letter from Bingham to Cobb, 30 Apr. 1796.
Letter from David Cobb (Taunton) to William Bingham informing him of Cobb's personal affairs, requesting his views on lumbering operations on Bingham's Maine lands, and concerning relations with Great Britain, 30 Apr. 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 Land Transaction and Property  Forestry and Logging  Law and Order  Foreign Policy  Travel and Transportation  Towns and Cities  Government and Politics  Banking and Finance  
Places Philadelphia; Pennsylvania; Taunton; Massachusetts; Boston
People Cobb, David (1748-1830)  Bingham, William (1752-1804)  Baring, Alexander (1774-1848)  
Themes Land & Property; Business, Trade & Commerce
Library Massachusetts Historical Society  
Copyright Massachusetts Historical Society