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Title Correspondence between David Cobb and others, regarding finance, land and business
Archival Reference Ms. N-1000
Sub-collection David Cobb Papers  
Author Blake, Dudley    
Date 1-24 Oct 1818
Document Type Correspondence
Contents Includes:
Letter from Dudley Blake (Mount Vernon, [Me.]) to David Cobb reporting on the use of a tract of land, 1 Oct. 1818
Letter from Joseph May (Boston) to David Cobb requesting that he complete a "power to transfer" on behalf of William Cobb Wilde, 9 Oct. 1818
Letter from John G. Deane (Ellsworth, Me.) to David Cobb reporting on the collection of a debt, 12 Oct. 1818
Letter from Thomas Cobb (Bangor, Me.) to David Cobb about Governor Brooks's visit to Bangor, 19 Oct. 1818
Letter from Daniel Sargent (Boston) to David Cobb informing him that he must pay interest on a bond, 20 Oct. 1818
Letter from John Black (Ellsworth, Me.) to David Cobb about financial and personal matters, 22 Oct. 1818
Letter from John Black (Ellsworth, Me.) to David Cobb about financial matters and a cargo of lumber for Havana, 24 Oct. 1818
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  Banking and Finance  Forestry and Logging  Commerce and Trade  
Places Maine; Ellsworth; Massachusetts; Bangor; Mount Vernon
People Cobb, David (1748-1830)  Cobb, Thomas (1772-1849)  
Themes Business, Trade & Commerce; Land & Property
Library Massachusetts Historical Society  
Copyright Massachusetts Historical Society