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Title Correspondence with David Cobb regarding land, and business accounts
Archival Reference Ms. N-1000
Sub-collection David Cobb Papers  
Author Crockett, William  Lord, George  Cony, Daniel  
Date Nov-31 Dec 1806
Document Type Correspondence; Business and financial document; Certificates and commissions
Contents Includes:
Letter from William Crockett, Clement Lane, James McKeen, William Parker, William Sharp, John R. Stillson, Daniel C. Stone, and Robert Webb [Schoodic, Me.] to David Cobb inquiring about land on the Machias River, [Nov. 1806]
Certificate from William Crockett, Clement Lane, James McKeen, Paul Morse, William Parker, William Sharp, and Daniel C. Stone to Robert Webb authorizing him to act as their agent for the purchase of Maine land, 12 Nov. 1806
Receipt from George Lord (Ellsworth, Me.) to David Cobb for payment of taxes on William Bingham's Maine lands for 1807, 25 Nov. 1806
Letter from Daniel Cony (Augusta, Me.) to David Cobb informing him that a survey of the Bingham lands on the Kennebec is complete, 13 Dec. 1806, with memoranda, 10-13 Dec. 1806
Store account of Ebenezer Cobb for 1806, 31 Dec. 1806
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  Commissions and Appointments  Taxation  Surveying  Commerce and Trade  
Places Ellsworth; Maine; Schoodic
People Cobb, David (1748-1830)  Bingham, William (1752-1804)  Cobb, Ebenezer Bradish (1781-1840)  
Themes Land & Property; Business, Trade & Commerce
Library Massachusetts Historical Society  
Copyright Massachusetts Historical Society