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William P. Parrott Journal, 1839 (Page 86-87)

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Fort Fairfield October 20 1839

Hon[?] Rufus MacIntyre Land Agent &c


Since I last wrote you I have heard that Mr Pilsbury & others have determined[?] to take their men out of the woods & I believe that generally all persons who had made arrangements to lumber on the disputed[?] territory have concluded[?] to do nothing this winter

The British Land agent is exerting[?] himself to the north of the St Johns and I trust[?] the[?] we have taken will [?] [?] the Settlement[?] of the [?] function[?] and present the Public Lands from[?] being[?] further [?] of timber in this region

The Commissioner[?] returned to [?] last week I understand[?] they found the [?] near the head of the Penobscot river

Two men who went out yesterday Lowell and Grant have been [?] to two dollars per day by by Capt Maddocks

I think it is too much and that $1.50 per day counting[?] Sundays[?] or $45 per mo. would be more [?]

We find great difficulty in getting a road through to the Aroostic road on account of large swamps and I fear we shall get nothing more than a common logging road through this winter

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We had a Snow Storm last night & the weather looks as if we should have more the thermometer[?] stands[?] now at 9 AM at 24°

We may however have some good weather yet before the winter sets[?] in and it would not be without precedent if the winter should set[?] in now and we were obliged[?] to stop were[where?] we are in road making for this season The Fish river road is probably finished[?]

Your obt svt

Wm P Parrott

According to my instructions of Oct 17, 1839 from Capt Wm P Parrott, I left Fort Fairfield 9 of the clock AM same day, four men accompanying me, Wm Buffam, J Powers, J Stanley & Wm Clough, we proceed to the Boundry [Boundary] line by the nearest rout [route], followed the same south arrived within half mile of the trespass road leading from the River St Johns to the river Deshute [De Chute], (camped)

18th proceeded to examine the parts trespass upon about River Deshute [De Chute], found no new depredations committed except the timber (about forty sticks[?]) recently marked (E[?] K 11) we took a N of W direction and hit[?] the road line seen[?] by Capt Maddocks, (camped)

19th proceeded north on the line found the south line of letter D, Messrs Buffam & Powers followed the line west, myself Stanley & Clough east, the land from the Road to the Boundry [Boundary] line is vary [very] low and swampy, I should think Pine timber was vary [very] scarce about this line, we could not find the line marked within fifty rods of the Boundry [Boundary] line, we marked it out &c (camped) 20th commenced surveying on D, the main trespass road crosses the SE corner of D and branches out in every direction on letter C, one branch leaves the main road at the Boundry [Boundary] line and runs

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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