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Title To the governor and council of the state of Maine assembled at Augusta... [manuscript]: petition, 1839 Jan. 1
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Petition prepared at "St Johns" on Jan. 1, 1839, by the governor, lieutenant governor, and councillors of the St. John’s tribe, which for twenty years had been part of the Penobscot Indian confederation. The document, written by Indian agent John Wilkins and signed with the marks of the tribal officials, argues that John Attean and John Neptune, who had been elected Penobscot governor and lieutenant governor for life, should be retained in their offices.
Names Attean, John (1778-1858); Neptune, John (c.1767- 1865); Tomor; Wilkins, John; Kent, Governor; Fairfield, Governor
Places Augusta, Maine, United States
Keywords politics, government, government relations, land tenure, land claim, land cession, custom, law, council
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Apparently opposition to Attean’s 1833 sale of four townships had spurred the formation of two rival factions among the Penobscots. The St. John’s tribe remained loyal to Attean and Neptune.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 787
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue