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William P. Parrott Journal, 1839 (Page 16-17)

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Fort Fairfield

May 7, 1839

Hon. Rufus Macintire

Land Agent of Maine


Inclosed [Enclosed] are the cerficates of discharge of the men that mentioned of[?] the 6th Inst. Chaplain Nelson, Charles B Kirk[?] and Merrill Bucks were the ring leaders as far as I can ascertain. The others were less to blame, but still guilty of very bad behavior – Jameson & Bussell have been retained here[?] on their good behavior.

I have inclosed [enclosed] als the time of the men who have worked on the boom, that have been sent out at this time, arrangements were made to send these men out by Houlton but they chose rather to cross to Line and go through the Province[?]. Bankirk[?] & Prescott have returned but one of them I fear will yet make trouble, I have sent to Houlton for fifteen more men as we are short handed for the present, as we are at work on the timber sorting out and marking which together with our other works requires many men to keep it all along.

Your Obt. Servt.

W. P. Parrott

P. S.

The damage to our work and expense of supplying the plans[?] of the men who have gone out will probably be not far from 150 to 200$ which I should think would be a fair charge against them and I told them all when they went that they need not expect payment for their time on the 3 [?] as I considered that they had broken their contract with the State

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Cold weather, men employed passing timber through the boom 181 sticks turned[?] out, employed on block house

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Men employed turning[?] out timber the rest on house & boom

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Men employed as yesterday.-

Fort Fairfield

May 9, 1839.

Hon. Rufus MacIntire

Land Agent State of Maine


Inclosed [Enclosed] are letters recd.[?] from Capt. Alvin Nye which were received today I shall send him tomorrow a new supply of Provisions, for one month as I cannot share boats to carry more than that Quantity our[?] boom answers the purpose for which it was built as it has stopped the whole of the timber which has come down with the exception of twenty or thirty sticks which went under and were taken into the short below[?]. We are turning out the permitted timber as fast as possible and shall[?] probably have it all out in a week or ten days.

Your Obt. Servt.

Wm P. Parrott

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Men employed on Boom and guard & house – weather cold

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Men employed as yesterday. Weather cold. Powers[?] returned from St. Croix and reported that they discovered no trespass on the township that they went to explore.

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Cold weather Men employed as yesterday]

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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