The full content of this document is only available to subscribing institutions. More information can be found via

Title Correspondence between David Cobb and others, regarding land use and trespassers
Archival Reference Ms. N-1000
Sub-collection David Cobb Papers  
Author Cobb, David  Bingham, William  Richards, John  
Date 3 Jun-16 Jul 1799
Document Type Business and financial document; Correspondence
Contents Includes:
Letter from William Bingham (Philadelphia) to David Cobb concerning operations on Bingham's Maine lands and urging Cobb to consult Henry Knox, 3 June 1799
Letter from David Cobb (Boston) to William Bingham about Bingham's Maine lands and the port of Gouldsboro, Me., 16 June 1799
Promissory note from John Fabrique (Gouldsboro, Me.) to Nathan Jones for $425.15, 25 June 1799
Promissory note from John Fabrique (Gouldsboro, Me.) to Nathan Jones for $800.50, 25 June 1799
Letter from [David] Cobb and [John] Richards (Gouldsboro, Me.) to [Phineas] Bruce about the prosecution of trespassers on the Maine lands under their supervision, [July 1799]
Letter from William Bingham (Philadelphia) to David Cobb about business matters and the development of Gouldsboro as a naval base, 3 July 1799
Receipt from the Massachusetts Treasury Office to David Cobb for payment of taxes, 13 July 1799 [printed form]
Letter from David Cobb (Boston) to William Bingham requesting that he forward deeds to Maine land at once, 15 July 1799
Letter from Luther Cory (Turner) to David Cobb about a proposed settlement on the Kennebec lands under Cobb's supervision, 16 July 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 Crime  Taxation  Land Transaction and Property  River  Settlers and Settlement  
Places Philadelphia; Pennsylvania; Gouldsboro; Maine; Boston; Massachusetts
People Cobb, David (1748-1830)  Bingham, William (1752-1804)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Themes Business, Trade & Commerce; Land & Property
Library Massachusetts Historical Society  
Copyright Massachusetts Historical Society