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William P. Parrott Journal, 1839 (Page 20-21)


Fort Fairfield

May 19. 1839.

Capt. Joseph Maddock,


You are hereby authorized and instructed with a competent force to proceed immediately to the River De Chute and survey the timber stolen there[?] the past Season from being[?] driven[?] out[?], if you should find it on this side of the line of the State but you will in no case whatever go or allow others to go across the line

If at My [?] who lead the mob which rescued the horses &c from Capt. Bartlett can[?] be taken you will take him and bring him to this place

Your Obt. Servt,

Wm P Parrott

Depy. Land Agent

State of Maine

Fort Fairfield May 17. 1839.

This certifies that Charles Stevens was this day appointed Police officer at this camp, and is fully empowered to discharge the duties incumbently upon him in that capacity, all persons in the civil force of the Land Agent on the disputed Territory, will respect and obey him accordingly.

Wm P Parrott

Dept. Land Agent of the State of Maine

Saturday 18

Men employed on block house and on the boom, Capt. towle selected men to guard the boom, and moved to the guard house. [?] potatoes near the guard house at boom,

Sunday 19

Weather pleasant, men passed timber through the boom in forenoon, water fill a [?] in the river


Monday 20

Cold day men generally[?] employed on defenses[?] &[?] Boom

Fort Fairfield May 20, 1839

Hon. Rufus MacIntire

Land Agent


This will be handed to you by Majr[?] J. W.[?] Thompson who has been with us for nearly a month past, and who can give you the details of our weeks here much better than I can by letter.

I hope we shall get[?] all[?] our[?] timber out in two days; as we had a [?] the next[?] day after my last letter was dated who did not get through when we expected we should

I find it almost impossible to get the volunteers who came here under L[?] g[?] Williamson into any sort of discipline and fear I cannot do it under this[?] Present enlistment – [?] most of them[?] have an idea that they are to be under no restraint[?] – and I regret to say that the example of their[?] officers is any thing but praise worthy.

For further information I beg leave to refer to Maj. Thompson who is better enabled than I am to give it

Your Obt. Servt.

Wm P. Parrott

Tuesday 21

Weather cold men employed as yesterday. Maj. Thompson left for Bangor this morning. J. Pollard[?] came down from St. Croix. with 2 raft[?] boards

Wednesday 22

Weather warm, 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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