William P. Parrott Journal, 1839 (Page 50-51)
[In left margin: No 5]
Abel Macallester this day entered[?] and bonded. 11 sticks of timber 3 above the boom marked H.H. making in all 24 twenty four tons
Fort Fairfield Septr 2 1839
certificate[?] and bond given
Fort Fairfield Septr 5 1839.
To W E Towle
You are hereby authorized to proceed to townships letter F[?] & H[?] in the second range of townships west from the east line of the State and with suitable assistants proceed to measure all the timber cut by persons on that township during the last winter
In measuring the timber you will measure each tree seperately [separately] as it laid cut down carried off or destroyed estimating the contents in thousand feet board[?] measure including all which would be measured in the county of Penobscot in the usual manner with the usual deductions for rots & crooks.
You will also in all cases measure the length and diameters of the ton timber carried away that it may be ascertained clearly what amount there was on the whole – the most rigid exactness is necessary in this work in order to obtain correct information in relation to this matter.
You will make no allowance for axe [?] except to square bust[?] the tree but measure over all from the square of the bust[?] to the end of the top log. then divide into logs as the usual manner and then make the requisite allowance on each log and keep each log seperately [separately] and each tree also seperate [separate]
You will also ascertain if possible by whom the timber was cute and stolen in order that the trespass may be legally[?] established and you will make a return
return to the [?] the names of all [?] who may be competent to prove the same
Your Obt Svt
Wm P Parrott
[?] Asst Land agent
Aroostic ss[?] Septr 5 A D 1839
Personally appeard the above named Elisha Gowle[?] and made oath to faithfully[?] perform the abv[?] instructions and to measure the timber therein[?] described in a faithful and impartial manner according to the rules and customs of measuring timber in other parts of the State
Before me Wm. P. Parrott Jus[?] Peace[?
Septr 22 The above instructions were extended to Township letter H[?] and Capt towle left as this date to explore[?] the same
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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