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Maine Before and After the Revolutionary War, 12 Items!

Maine Before and After the Revolutionary War, 12 Items!


[COLONIAL AMERICA], Archive of twelve letters and other documents, 1719-1791. 14 pp., 6.125" x 2" to 8.875" x 7.25". Expected folds; some tears on folds, discoloration, staining, but text is legible. Quite good for age.


This collection of original documents from the eighteenth century focuses on that part of Massachusetts that later became Maine. It includes details about family and business connections in the sale of land, lumber, and fish, and trade with the West Indies. Many of the early documents relate to Moses Pearson, while later ones refer to Jesse Partridge and George Knight.


Moses Pearson (1697-1778) was born in Newbury, Massachusetts, and became a joiner. He moved to Falmouth in what became Maine around 1728 and filled a variety of local offices. In 1737, 1740, and 1749, he represented the town in the General Court of Massachusetts. Pearson commanded a company in the Siege of Louisbourg during King George’s War in 1745, and was appointed treasurer to receive and distribute the spoils. He served as sheriff of Cumberland County from 1760 to 1768. From 1770 until the Revolution, he served on the bench of the Court of Common Pleas.


Jesse Partridge (1742-1795) commanded a company during the Revolutionary War in 1778.


Highlights and Excerpts

* Josiah Plumer to [Moses] Pearson, Notice of Settlement, February 17, 1743/4, Falmouth. 1 p.
“then Reckned and setled all Book Debts Dues and Demands of What Kind name or nature soever Exclusive of notes or obligations and Whats left in ye hands of Messers David Stickney Isaac [J?] & Jno Snow to settle for us and I have Received satisfaction for my partnership with the sd Pearson Either in vessels mills or any Ways whatsoever Excepting notes as above sd Witness our hands and seals the day above writen / Josiah Plumer”
Josiah Plumer (b. 1708) was born in Newbury, Massachusetts, and moved to Falmouth in 1742, where he was a large land owner.

* Nathan Hale to Moses Pearson, Autograph Letter Signed, August 4, 1757, Newbury. 1 p.
“I hope you have Recd your spouse Safe & Sound  before she left Newbury she asked me for my Bill  I told her you might happen to Do me as much service an other way as by paying the money and as you have oppertunity  I doubt not But you will and having a friend in so distance a Place it may so happen that only your spaking 200 words may be as great a kindness to me: if you have oppertunity should be glad of a few lines what you think my land on purpodock side is worth an acre if any body wants to buy it. I hope Mrs Pearson continues well. In hast I conclude with great respect to your self spouse & family and remain your Humbe Servt / Nathan Hale”
Purpoodock was the original name of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, just southeast of Portland.
Nathan Hale (1691-1767) was born in Newbury, Massachusetts. He was a physician, large landowner, and justice of the peace.

* John Pearson to brother [Moses?] Pearson, Autograph Letter Signed, February 13, 1758, Newbury. 1 p.
“I have just sent you by Brother Jessey 4 pieces of goold all markd the wait in all 66=16== old [ten or?] Sixty Six pounds Sixteen shillings and if you have not cut the timber I Desiar thee 5 beems may be 36 feet Long 8 inch by 9 and 2 plates 7 by 8 45 feet Long thee purlins the same Length the poasts 15 feet Long 8 inch by 8 and some Logs of the same length for boards for the side the principle 25 feet long 5 thick 5 inch deep at the uper and and 7 at the Lower End and I should be glad if you could send me some Logs that will maak good Charboard and 2 Cord of bolts if they can bee had and fill up all your vacances with cord wood and as soon as the wether will permit I should be glad to have them.”

* Edmund March to Captain [Jesse] Partridge, Autograph Document Signed, September 28, 1790, Falmouth. 1 p.
“Capt Partridge please to let the Bearer have three Gallons & p of W India rum and you shall have Mr Salones security for four pound to be paid in boards within a fortnight and two thousand of board Nails Or I will pay the First as soon as it is fair weather if you had rather have them you will much Oblige yours to serve / Edmund March”

* Butler Jones to George Knight, Autograph Document Signed, January 31, 1797. 1 p.
“Recvd of Mr George Knight five Quantity & half of Cod fish and Two barrels of appels, which I Promise to sell at the Best advantage on my Arival in the west Indes Danger of Seas and Capture Excepted / Butler Jones.”


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Item: 67611

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