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William P. Parrott Journal, 1839 (Page 14-15)

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Men employed on guard house & boom & block[?] house, Capt. Thoms Bartlett Jr[?] reported himself

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men employed as yesterday, Capt. L[?] arrived 3 o. clock P.M. reported himself &[?] thirty four men

Fort Fairfield

May 3d 1839

Mr John Moore


I wish you to proceed as soon as possible to St Croix and if there is no rope their[there?] suitable for stay[?] mark[?] which should be smaller than 2 1/2 to 3 in. round the rope[?]. I wish you to go to No 4 on the Aroostook road and get such rope as their[there?] be their[there?] suitable for this purpose and forward[?] the same to plan as soon as possible. If the rope at No. 4. is for sale make as good a bargain as you can and write to the Land Agent at Bangor, for what purpose it was purchased and the price and amount. You will also obtain all the information with regard to trespass on the public lands that you can consistent with this work

Your Obt. Servant

Wm. P Parrott

Depy. Land Agent

Fort Fairfield

May 4, 1839.


Since my last the lumber has come down and filled the boom which holds well the permitted timber and trespassed timber is altogether, and I think it probable that if we attempt to pass the permitted timber we may let the whole escape as we have no marks and the water is very strong at present. Webster and others are very anxious that the timber said to belong to them should we run[?] by. The marks on Websters timber do not agree with Mr Cooks[?] marks assure[?] to me nor do they as given to me by Webster agree with the

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marks on the timber under these circumstances no course is left for me to pursue but to stop all until you arrive here to settle this matter as I cannot go beyond my instructions as now given and understood which I apprehend order me to stop all the trespass timber and to let the other pass if can be done without endangering the safety of the other. I have drawn on you for thirty five dollars in favor of E. Leathers who worked on the boom and wished to send some money to his father

Your Obt. Servt.

W. P. Parrott

Hon. Rufus MacIntire

Land Agent, State of Maine

Fort Fairfield May 5, 1839

Hon Rufus MacIntire

Land Agent State of Maine


Inclosed [Enclosed] is a list of men who caused a mutiny in this came today which had proved nearly fatal to my Expedition. The cause alleged is that they had no molasses and that they would have it[?] There being none here, the case of these men I consider a very aggravated one that I think men who could forget their duty at such a time and for such a cause cannot be depended upon. I think no favor should be shown them[?] they have endeavoured [endeavored] to excite mutiny among the men who have first arrived, they[?] have in part succeeded, two men have left without leave, Bankirk[?] & Prescott two privates from Capt. Bartletts Company. The following are the men sent out for insubordination viz

-Jos. Grindell –Matthias Lowe[?] –John Pratt –Edward S Cookson –William Rogers –Joseph Hodgdon[?] –Merrill S. Buck –John Bickford[?] –Chas. B. [?]

who have been sent out under charge of Capt. Bussell of Stillwater with instructions to see them clear of the woods at Houlton and let them find their way[?] home. A due record has been made of their offence and dismissal.

I think some molasses should be sent immediately if it is possible as their [there] is much discontent among the men because they have none and have been accustomed to it, and say it was a part of their[?] agreement. I have told them they should have the price piad to them if it was the case

Your Obt. Servt. W. P. Parrott

Description: William P. Parrott served as the Assistant Land Agent for the State of Maine under Rufus McIntire, the Land Agent. During the Aroostook War Parrott was stationed in Fort Fairfield. The journal includes entries written by Parrott between April and November of 1839, but also includes copies of Parrott's correspondence.

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Language: English

Date: 1839

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