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Title Correspondence between David Cobb and others, and certificate for election as state senator
Archival Reference Ms. N-1000
Sub-collection David Cobb Papers  
Author Otis, Samuel A.  Cobb, David  Cony, Daniel  
Date 3 Mar-14 May 1803
Document Type Correspondence; Certificates and commissions
Contents Includes:
Letter from Samuel A. Otis (Washington) to David Cobb forwarding the journal of the second session of the Seventh Congress, 3 Mar. 1803
Letter from David Cobb (Boston) to Charles W. Hare about business matters, 9 Mar. 1803
Letter from C[harles] W. Hare (Philadelphia) to David Cobb enclosing Cobb's salary of $1,300.00, 13 Mar. 1803
Letter from David Cobb (Boston) to Robert Smith, secretary of the navy, requesting the discharge of his son Henry J. Cobb, 1 Apr. 1803
Letter from David Cobb (Boston) to William Bingham about operations on Bingham's Maine lands, 20 Apr. 1803
Letter from Daniel Cony (Augusta, Me.) to David Cobb about lumber thieves, with copy of same, 25 Apr. 1803
Certificate of the election of David Cobb as a state senator for the district of Maine, 9 May 1803. Signed by Governor Caleb Strong.
Letter from A. Jones (Frankfort, Me.) to David Cobb about a proposal to construct a road from Augusta through Frankfort, 14 May 1803
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  Forestry and Logging  Crime  Election  Government and Politics  Construction and Building  Pay and Wages  Children and Family  
Places Washington; Boston; Massachusetts; Philadelphia; Pennsylvania; Augusta; Maine; Frankfort
People Cobb, David (1748-1830)  Bingham, William (1752-1804)  Cony, Daniel (1752-1842)  
Themes Government & Politics; Business, Trade & Commerce
Library Massachusetts Historical Society  
Copyright Massachusetts Historical Society