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Title Correspondence regarding land and property, and accounts relating to food and clothing
Archival Reference Ms. N-1000
Sub-collection David Cobb Papers  
Author Richards, John  Black, John  Dutton, Samuel E.  
Date 7 Mar-19 Jun 1805
Document Type Correspondence; Business and financial document
Contents Includes:
Letter from Samuel E. Dutton (Bangor, Me.) to David Cobb enclosing a draft of a law for keeping the records of justices of the peace, 7 Mar. 1805. Enclosed with draft of law.
Letter from John Black (Gouldsboro, Me.) to David Cobb informing him that Black has purchased the Ruby (William Handy, master) from the Godfreys, 8 Mar. 1805
Letter from John Richards (Gouldsboro, Me.) about taxes due on property in Trenton, Me., 8 Mar. 1805
Letter from David Cobb (Taunton) to Charles W. Hare about a petition forwarded to the Massachusetts General Court seeking relief from duties on the estate of William Bingham, 11 Apr. 1805
Receipted bill from John West to David Cobb for paper, 22 Apr. 1805. Signed by Eleazer Richardson for West.
Receipted bill from West and Greenleaf to David Cobb for sundries, 22 Apr. 1805
Receipted bill from Ozias Morse to David Cobb for boots, 2 May 1805
Receipt from David Cobb to Joseph Hall for $220.00 received on account, 1 June 1805
Receipt from Joseph Hall (Boston) for $220.00 received on account from David Cobb, 1 June 1805
Receipted bill from J[onathan] Kilton to David Cobb for cabin bread, 15 June 1805
Receipted bill from E[lisha] Ticknor and Co. (Boston) to David Cobb for rice and barley, 15 June 1805
Receipted bill from Tucker and Thayer (Boston) to David Cobb for cloth, 19 June 1805. Signed by Thomas Robinson.
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 Taxation  Law and Order  Textiles  Clothing  Commerce and Trade  Legislation  Food and Nutrition  
Places Bangor; Gouldsboro; Maine; Massachusetts; Taunton; Boston
People Cobb, David (1748-1830)  Bingham, William (1752-1804)  Hare, Charles W. (fl. 1802-1807)  
Themes Business, Trade & Commerce; Law & Order
Library Massachusetts Historical Society  
Copyright Massachusetts Historical Society