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Title Letter [manuscript]: Boston, [Mass.], to His Excellency the Governour [John Hancock, Boston, Mass.], 1788 Mar. 4
Author Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: March 4, 1788, letter to Massachusetts governor John Hancock, regarding the history and status of the state’s land cession negotiations with the Penobscot Indians of Maine, 1784-1788. Lincoln reviews the Massachusetts commissioners’ negotiations of 1784 (unsuccessful) and 1786 (successful); notes that he had delivered the agreed-upon goods and left a quit-claim deed for the tribe (then away on a hunt) to sign; explains that for various reasons the Penobscots wished to forget that an agreement had been reached and had not claimed the goods or signed the deed; and urges state action to prevent hostilities that "would put a great check if not a total stop to the sale of land in that country".
Names Hancock, John (1737-1793)
Places Maine, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Keywords land cession, land tenure, property, treaty, government relations, government, negotiation, deed, hunting, goods, sale of land, hostility
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Revolutionary War general and post-war speculator in Maine lands. In 1784 and 1786, Lincoln served as a Massachusetts commissioner to negotiate land claims with the Penobscot Indians.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 514
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue