William P. Parrott Journal, 1839 (Page 54-55)
Fort Fairfield Sept 7th 1839
Hon Rufus Macintire
Sir Mr Hooper positively refuses to give any Bond or Security whatever he has as near as I can asscertain [ascertain] put all his property out of his hands and intends to go to the Provinces
Mr Fairbanks is ready to sign any bond and has already put his name to the bonds as he agreed to do, I think the only way to manage Hooper is to arrest him I have not the means of doing here legaly [legally]. Mr Carr will[?] wait in Houlton the return mail as no time is to be lost in arresting him, and if the warrants are sent at that time he can be arrested immediately
State of Maine
Wheras the part of the State of the Maine heretofore claimed by th eBritish Government was by agreement of both claimants placed under exclusive charge of the Land Agent of the State of Maine for a term of time stipulated in that agreement
Therefore all persons are forbidden under any pretence [pretense] whatever from entering on to said territory or any part of the same for the purpose of cutting or making timber or for committing any trespass whatever.
September 8th 1839.
An attack was made this morning at 3 oclock the enemy retreated at the fare[?] of the Sentinel[?] number supposed to be 50 or 60
a quantity of arms &c found for which [?] [?] book.
Fort Fairfield Sept. 8th 1839
Hon Rufus MacIntire
Land Agent State of Maine
In my last letter to you seaking [seeking] your attention to the very p[?] result which would come from the granting permits by Massachusetts on the waters of the Aroostook this was proved night before last by an attack upon this post by a large number of men from the Province said to have been commanded by an officer of the Militia of New Brunswick
They were armed with government arms and the Roll[?] Cartridges which were in those we got, gave evidence they had been made in some Arsenal, and not by the people in the neighborhood of the T[?]
The number of the men has been variously[?] estimated at 50[?] to 60 I should judge from the appearance of the trails they made through the grain and grass that there was certainly forty[?] men They attempted the attack about 3 o clock in the morning, the night was very dark and the sentinel when he first discovered them fired upon them immediately without challenging and they all took to there [their] [?] leaving behind them there [their] [?] powder muskets; bayonets &c I understand many were injured by falling over stump logs &c in there [their] retreat which from the appearance of the grain must have been [?] indeed in many places they were so frightened they ran[?] round[?] & round[?] They were upon [?] Tibbets[?] on [?] John [?] and a fellow named Craven[?] both of Woodstock[?] are said to have been there [their] leaders Craven I can prove to have been here by persons[?] within the State
The muskets evidently[?] come from some place of [?] and many of the men come up from Woodstock[?] for this purpose – The following persons I have reason to believe and do believe were in the gang –John [?] Woodstock[?] –Mich Sullivan[?] River[?] deShute [DeChute] –George Wright [River[?] deShute [DeChute]] –James Lloyd Manford[?] –Abraham [?] –Cravan[?] of Woodstock[?] –John [?] [of Woodstock[?]]
It was also reported here with how much truth I know not that a drunkin[drunken?] fellow named Dwyer or Dyer as he signs his name [?] struck[?] [?] &c[?] was here or that he assisted at [?] to urge the others on
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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