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Title David Cobb's financial affairs and Bingham's Maine lands
Archival Reference Ms. N-1000
Sub-collection David Cobb Papers  
Author Cobb, David    
Date 1 Jan-31 Dec 1799
Document Type Notes; Business and financial document; Correspondence
Contents Includes:
Cash accounts of [David Cobb] with sundry departments, [1799]
Accounts of [David Cobb] for cash disbursements, supplies, and transportation of supplies on the 'Gouldsborough Packet', [1799]
Manuscript extracts by [David Cobb] from printed accounts and descriptions of Mount Desert Island, Me., [1799]
Store account of David Cobb for 1799, 1 Jan.-31 Dec. 1799
Cash book of [David Cobb], Jan. 1799
List by [David Cobb] of persons owing debts to the concern for 1798, 5 Jan. 1799
Store account of [Benjamin Godfrey] for 1798-1799, [1799]
Store account of [David Cobb] for 21 May 1798-23 Jan. 1799, 23 Jan. 1799
Agreement between David Cobb and John Richards, agents of William Bingham, and David Wass concerning the sale of Maine lands to Wass, 24 Jan. 1799
Instructions from [David] Cobb and [John] Richards (Gouldsboro, Me.) to William Tupper for surveying boundary lines on William Bingham's Maine lands, 24 Jan. 1799
Settled account of John Goodwin with Cobb and Richards, 29 Jan. 1799
Letter from David Cobb (Gouldsboro, Me.) to William Bingham about the purchase of a lumber schooner, the establishment of a store, and the construction of sawmills on Bingham's Maine lands, 31 Jan. 1799
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 Stores and Supplies  Land Transaction and Property  Surveying  Borders and Boundaries  Banking and Finance  Construction and Building  Forestry and Logging  Travel and Transportation  
Places Mount Desert; Maine; Gouldsboro; Massachusetts
People Cobb, David (1748-1830)  Bingham, William (1752-1804)  
Themes Business, Trade & Commerce; Land & Property
Library Massachusetts Historical Society  
Copyright Massachusetts Historical Society