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Letter to Westport Selectmen from Wiscasset medical provider, 1847

Contributed by Westport Island History Committee

This is a collection letter to the Town of Westport Selectmen from a Wiscasset doctor, or medical provider, for unpaid services to two families.

In the nineteenth century, paupers were often assigned to the lowest bidder for maintenance; and poor boys were bound as servants or apprentices in homes of established settlers. These practices reduced the liability of the town for board and care; but the town did assume liability for extraordinary costs of those who could not afford essential care, such as medical services.

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  • Title: Letter to Westport Selectmen from Wiscasset medical provider, 1847
  • Creator: Williams, P. M.
  • Creation Date: 1847-09-01
  • Subject Date: 1847-09-01
  • Town: Westport, Wiscasset
  • County: Lincoln
  • State: ME
  • Media: ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 25 cm x 21.5 cm
  • Local Code: TarSar.Doc.19-1.1847
  • Collection: Sarah Tarbox Letters
  • Object Type: Text

For more information about this item, contact:

Westport Island History Committee
6 Fowles Point Road, Westport Island, ME 04578
(207) 882-8477
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