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Title Correspondence between David Cobb and others regarding land in Maine
Archival Reference Ms. N-1000
Sub-collection David Cobb Papers  
Author Bingham, William  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Leonard, Oliver  Parker, Isaac  Sargent, Paul Dudley  Welles, Titus  
Date 12-30 Oct 1795
Document Type Correspondence; Business and financial document
Contents Includes:
Letter from Paul Dudley Sargent (Sullivan, Me.) to David Cobb enclosing a map of a portion of "number nine," 12 Oct. 1795 [map not enclosed]
Letter from William Bingham (Philadelphia) to David Cobb requesting that Cobb come to Philadelphia to dispose of Maine lands and concerning possible sales to Alexander Baring and the Duke de Liancourt, 17 Oct. 1795
Letter from Isaac Parker to David Cobb enclosing five Harvard College lottery tickets (tickets no. 4138-4140 and 4157-4158), 17 Oct. 1795
Letter from Oliver Leonard (No. 10 [Eddington], Me.) to David Cobb about Leonard's explorations in the back country of Maine, 18 Oct. 1795
Letter from Henry Knox (Thomaston, Me.) to David Cobb about personal and political matters, 28 Oct. 1795
Letter from William Bingham (Philadelphia) to Henry Knox about proposed Maine land sales to Sir Francis Baring and the Duke de Liancourt, 29 Oct. 1795
Letter from Titus Welles (Boston) to David Cobb enclosing an invoice and receipt for sundry articles shipped to Cobb aboard the schooner Cabinet on behalf of Henry Jackson, 30 Oct. 1795. Invoice signed by John Foster, master of the Cabinet.
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  Education  Government and Politics  Stores and Supplies  Towns and Cities  Surveying  
Places Philadelphia; Pennsylvania; Thomaston; Maine; Boston; Massachusetts; Sullivan
People Cobb, David (1748-1830)  Bingham, William (1752-1804)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Parker, Isaac (1768-1830)  
Themes Land & Property
Library Massachusetts Historical Society  
Copyright Massachusetts Historical Society