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Petition to Parliament by George Cleeve

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Petition to Parliament by George Cleeve / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 3, page 66.

This 1642 Petition to Parliament from George Cleeve (and signed by others) describes what he saw as breaches of authority by Maine Governors Vines and Godfrey, ca. 1642. Cleeve was eventually successful in displacing these governors, and as a result, he became one of the most powerful men in Maine of his time.

With Cleeve having to petition the far off British government, this document shows the difficulty of mediating disagreements in early Maine. It also makes clear that Maine was a frontier. Government and Church authority did not have strong influence in the lives of the earliest settlers simply because Maine was so far from the governing bodies of Massachusetts.

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