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Title Correspondence between David Cobb and others regarding land, ship trouble, and personal matters
Archival Reference Ms. N-1000
Sub-collection David Cobb Papers  
Author Cobb, David  Jackson, Henry  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Cobb, Thomas  
Date 1-29 Jul 1795
Document Type Correspondence
Contents Includes:
Letter from David Cobb (Gouldsboro, Me.) to William Bingham about the difficulties that the surveyors are having because of black flies and mosquitoes, 1 July 1795
Letter from Benjamin Ruggles (Pleasant River) to David Cobb about the purchase of a lot of land for Francis Mathews, 4 July 1795
Invoice for sundry articles shipped by Henry Jackson to David Cobb aboard the schooner Charlotte, 13 July 1795. Signed by Titus Welles.
Letter from Henry Jackson (Boston) to David Cobb informing him that two of Jackson's ships have been taken by the British, 13 July 1795
Enclosed with invoice for sundry articles shipped to Cobb, 13 July 1795.
Letter from Paul Dudley Sargent (Sullivan, Me.) to David Cobb welcoming him to Maine and inviting him to visit Sargent, 13 July 1795
Letter from Henry Knox (Thomaston, Me.) to David Cobb about personal matters, 22 July 1795
Letter from Thomas Cobb (Taunton) to his father David Cobb informing him that Thomas Cobb has recovered his health and about his plans, 29 July 1795
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 Surveying  Wildlife and Nature  Piracy  Foreign Policy  Health and Medical  Stores and Supplies  Travel and Transportation  Land Transaction and Property  Children and Family  
Places Gouldsboro; Maine; Massachusetts; Thomaston; Taunton; Boston
People Cobb, David (1748-1830)  Bingham, William (1752-1804)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Jackson, Henry (1747-1809)  Cobb, Thomas (1772-1849)  
Themes Land & Property; Children & Family; Health & Medicine
Library Massachusetts Historical Society  
Copyright Massachusetts Historical Society