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William P. Parrott Journal, 1839 (Page 56-57)

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I have been led to believe that all the trespassers[?] are elated[?] with the course persued [pursued] by the Land Agent of Massachusetts and are getting up there [their] provisions &c for another winter work. The utmost necessity requires that the course the State of Maine intends taking for the preservation of her honor should be decided upon immediately

I can have no doubt that all lumbering transactions upon the disputed territory will be prohibited and prevented. I have therefore taken the responsibility in the name of the state of stopping to day a tow[?] boat[?] loadded [loaded] for Webster & Pilsbury [?] and shall detain her until further orders from you, which you will see from the extreme urgency of the case, should be sent by return mail as I shall soon have more upon my shoulders than I can hold up until I have instructions from you what course to take Col Jarvis is absent upon the roads[?] so that I cannot have his council and advice at this time

The boat detained today has on board -6 bbl[?] pork valued at 50 [?] 300 -6 of flour [?] 96 396.

I have given receit[receipt?] for the same to the man who had in in charge and a letter to Capt Pilsbury that I had detained the boat here

If I am wrong in the course I am pursuing it will give the State some expence [expense] to notify me in season[?] But so confident am I that the only way for the State to pursue is to prevent all cutting of timber the ensuing winter that I feel it a duty I owe to myself in case[?] another[?] course should be taken to ask for the appointment of some person to take my place as I have not the ability to carry into effect a measure I cannot approve I may be in error and you have better means[?] of judging[?] of the expediency[?] of measures for the interest of the state but for myself my feelings have become so much enlisted[?] in the course that they may lead me astray and for this reason I could not remain and do my duty as it should be done

Your Obt Servt

Wm P Parrott

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Fort Fairfield Sept 9th 1839


Your not of this morning is received[?] An attack an attack was made in this post by a party[?] of armed men from the Province on the night of the 8th at 3 O Clock the assailants fled at the first fire of the sentinel leaving some muskets hats[?] &c

I have made report of all the facts to the authorities of this state for their Action thereon

the names of some of the persons I have


Your Obt Servt

Wm P Parrott

Col J[?] MacLaughlin[?]


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Since [?] my letter I have recd the following note from from MacLaughlin[?] [?] Sep 9th 1839

Having arrived here at a late hour last night from the Grand[?] [?] that I left yesterday afternoon in consequence of reports reaching here that an attack had been made upon Fort Fairfield on Saturday night last by a number of reckless persons who had broken open[?] and armed themselves from a Depot made here for the convenience of Drill & Inspection of Militia of this section of the Province

I have therefore availed myself of an early hour this morning of acquainting you with my arrival here for the purpose of investigating into the affair for the information[?] of his Excelency [Excellency] Maj[?] [?] John Harvey[?], but in order to prevent the possibility of any further annoyance to your[?] armed posse I have tken the responsibility upon myself of removing[?] the depot of arms from this until I shall receive further instructions from his excelency [excellency] the [?] Governor

I have the honor to be

Sir your Obt Humble servt

J[?] A MacLaughlin[?]

Warden of the disputed territory

I understand[?] this was a [?] up [?] [?] and that none of the settlers at T[?] knew of it. I doubt it [?] [?] [?] I believe the settlers on the river are no [?] implicated[?]

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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