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Title David Cobb correspondence, accounts and notes for 1809
Archival Reference Ms. N-1000
Sub-collection David Cobb Papers  
Author Cousins, Elisha  Shaw, Robert G.  Hare, Charles W.  
Date 4 Feb-4 Dec 1809
Document Type Correspondence; Business and financial document; Notes
Contents Includes:
Memorandum by [David Cobb] about the last conversation of Henry Jackson before his death, [1809]
Settled account of Brown and Hale with Richards and Jones for rum, bread, and sundries, 4 Feb. 1809
Account of David Cobb with Richards and Jones for 1807-1809, 28 Feb. 1809
Letter from Robert G. Shaw (Boston) to David Cobb about an arrangement to cancel a demand on Cobb's son, 20 Aug. 1809
Letter from [David Cobb] (Boston) to C[harles] W. Hare about the purchase of Maine lands by Joseph Tilden and Cobb's travel plans, 27 Aug. 1809
Letter from C[harles] W. Hare (Philadelphia) to David Cobb informing him that Henry Jackson is suing the trustees of William Bingham and concerning land belonging to William Bingham's estate, 6 Sep. 1809
Letter from Elisha Cousins (Eden, Me.) to David Cobb requesting his assistance in settling a legal dispute, 24 Sep. 1809
Letter from C[harles] W. Hare (Philadelphia) to David Cobb repeating a request for an account of Cobb's service as William Bingham's land agent in Maine, 12 Oct. 1809
Bill from Freeman and Cushing (Boston) to David Cobb for cloth and thread, 24 Oct. 1809
Letter from John Richards (Boston) to David Cobb about personal business matters and international politics, 25 Oct. 1809
Letter from David Cobb (Gouldsboro, Me.) to Charles W. Hare about the sale of William Bingham's Maine land to Joseph Tilden, road cutting, and the improvement of land under Cobb's supervision, 29 Oct. 1809
Account of David Cobb with Richards and Jones for 1809, [10 Nov. 1809]
Receipted bill from Quincy and Holland (Boston) to Richards and Jones for flour, 28 Nov. 1809
Letter from [David Cobb] (Boston) to [Charles W. Hare] forwarding accounts and informing Hare of Cobb's plans, 4 Dec. 1809
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 Banking and Finance  Law and Order  Death  Alcohol  Food and Nutrition  Stores and Supplies  Commerce and Trade  Travel and Transportation  Lawsuit  
Places Boston; Eden; Massachusetts; Maine; Philadelphia; Pennsylvania
People Cobb, David (1748-1830)  Bingham, William (1752-1804)  Hare, Charles W. (fl. 1802-1807)  Jackson, Henry (1747-1809)  
Themes Business, Trade & Commerce; Land & Property
Library Massachusetts Historical Society  
Copyright Massachusetts Historical Society