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Letter requesting aid for losses to British, 1783

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Three American colonists who owned property at Bagaduce, along the Penobscot River, make a plea to Massachusetts Bay officials for compensation for property lost when the British defeated the American patriots in the area in 1779.

Written by Edward Smith, Nicholas Crosby and Joshua Eustis, the petitioners beg relief from the losses that they endured from the British destruction and pillaging that took place at the time, approximately 1400 English pounds worth.

They had fled to Salem, Massachusetts, during the Penobscot battle.

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  • Title: Letter requesting aid for losses to British, 1783
  • Creator: Smith, Edward
  • Creation Date: 1783-10-18
  • Subject Date: 1781
  • Town: Castine
  • County: Hancock
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Local Code: Coll. 77, Box 2/46
  • Object Type: Text

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