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Title Correspondence between David Cobb and others, regarding land and Alexander Baring's travels, and receipts for supplies
Archival Reference Ms. N-1000
Sub-collection David Cobb Papers  
Author Cobb, David  West, David  Bingham, William  
Date 2-27 Jul 1797
Document Type Correspondence; Business and financial document
Contents Includes:
Letter from David Cobb (Boston) to William Bingham about the sale of Maine lands, 2 July 1797 [copy]
Receipt from David West (Boston) to David Cobb for payment for books and stationery, 4 July 1797
Receipt from Caleb Wheaton (Boston) to David Cobb for payment for food and supplies, 4 July 1797. Signed by Benjamin White, Jr.
Letter from William Bingham (Lansdowne, Pa.) to David Cobb about speculation in land and the purchase of land from Leonard Jarvis, the possibility of statehood for Maine, and U.S. commerce with France, 21 July 1797
Letter from David Cobb (Gouldsboro, Me.) to Alexander Baring about Baring's intended visit to Maine, 26 July 1797
Letter from David Cobb (Gouldsboro, Me.) to John Brewer directing him to provide lodging and horses to Alexander Baring, 26 July 1797
Letter from David Cobb (Gouldsboro, Me.) to Stephen Jones directing him to provide lodging and horses for Alexander Baring and his party, 26 July 1797
Letter from David Cobb (Gouldsboro, Me.) to Thomas Pagan directing him to provide lodging and horses for Alexander Baring, 26 July 1797
Letter from William Bingham (Philadelphia) to David Cobb about the sale of land by [Leonard] Shaw to [Henry] Jackson, 27 July 1797
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 Commerce and Trade  Land Transaction and Property  Expeditions and Exploration  Travel and Transportation  Government and Politics  Foreign Policy  French  Land Speculation  
Places Boston; Massachusetts; Gouldsboro; Maine; Landsdowne; Pennsylvania
People Cobb, David (1748-1830)  Bingham, William (1752-1804)  Baring, Alexander (1774-1848)  Jackson, Henry (1747-1809)  
Themes Land & Property; Exploration, Expeditions & Travel; Business, Trade & Commerce
Library Massachusetts Historical Society  
Copyright Massachusetts Historical Society