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Title Correspondence regarding business and personal matters, including news of David Cobb's son Henry
Archival Reference Ms. N-1000
Sub-collection David Cobb Papers  
Author Jones, Stephen  Cobb, Henry  
Date 15 Feb-11 Sep 1811
Document Type Correspondence; Business and financial document
Contents Includes:
Cash account of [David Cobb] with the trustees of William Bingham's estate for 1804-1811, [1811]
Letter from William Sullivan (Boston) to David Cobb enclosing interrogatories about the death of Henry Jackson, together with the form in which they should be answered, 15 Feb. 1811
Bill from Freeman Cushing (Boston) to David Cobb for cloth and sundries, 27 Mar. 1811
Bill from Thomas Dennie (Boston) to David Cobb for gin, 27 Mar. 1811
Letter from Stephen Jones (Boston) to David Cobb enclosing a list of articles shipped to Cobb and giving him news of John Richards, 29 Mar. 1811
Letter from Richards and Jones (Boston) to David Cobb concerning Cobb's account and giving him news of John Richards, 23 Apr. 1811
Account of David Cobb with Richards and Jones for 1809-1811, 1 May 1811
Letter from Richards and Jones (Boston) to David Cobb informing him his bills have been paid as requested, 21 May 1811
Letter from Henry Cobb (ship Galloway, New York) to his father David Cobb informing him that Henry Cobb is bound for Valparaiso, Chile, 13 July 1811
Letter from French and Everett (Boston) to David Cobb enclosing an invoice for cart wheels, a plough, and other items, 24 July 1811
Letter from David Cobb (Gouldsboro, Me.) to Charles W. Hare about plans for the improvement of the Maine lands under Cobb's supervision and road building, 29 Aug. 1811
Letter from Richard J. Shaw (Boston) to David Cobb about financial matters, 11 Sep. 1811
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 Clothing  Death  Law and Order  Travel and Transportation  Children and Family  Alcohol  Stores and Supplies  Construction and Building  Agriculture  
Places Boston; Maine; Massachusetts; Gouldsboro
People Cobb, David (1748-1830)  Bingham, William (1752-1804)  Hare, Charles W. (fl. 1802-1807)  Cobb, Henry (1784-1848)  
Themes Agriculture & Livestock; Business, Trade & Commerce; Law & Order
Library Massachusetts Historical Society  
Copyright Massachusetts Historical Society