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Item 6145

Joseph Frye's land deed for Fryeburg,  1763

Joseph Frye's land deed for Fryeburg, 1763 / Fryeburg Historical Society

Chapter 4, page 93.

A deed granting land to Joseph Frye in the town that later took his name shows one way a town could be created in Maine.

Frye received the land in recognition of his military and political service. Two years later, after the town began to take shape, Fryeburg was named a township.

The deed describes government and representation of Fryeburg. It clearly lays out land fees and the services those fees would provide.

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Item 7473

Letter recalling capture of Margaretta, Washington, D.C., 1818

Letter recalling capture of Margaretta, Washington, D.C., 1818 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 4, page 96-97.

Jeremiah O'Brien is one of two leaders (the other being Benjamin Foster) of the first maritime battle of the American Revolution, which occurred in Machias.

This letter is an eyewitness account of the capture of the Margaretta.

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Item 7479

Jedediah Preble letter on Mowat kidnapping, 1775

Jedediah Preble letter on Mowat kidnapping, 1775 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 4, page 98-99.

Colonist Jedediah Preble provides a detailed description of Samuel Thompson's capture of British Captain Henry Mowatt in 1775, an event that may have prompted retaliation against the colonists by the British.

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Item 6798

Copy of letter from Samuel Graves to Philip Stephens, 1775

Copy of letter from Samuel Graves to Philip Stephens, 1775 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 4, page 99.

British Capt. Henry Mowatt led the attack on Falmouth in October of 1775.

Some historians have cited Mowatt's past history with the town to be the cause of the eventual destruction of Falmouth, though others believe that the rebellious history of the city doomed it to destruction regardless of Mowatt.

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Item 6777

Capt. Mowat's warning to Falmouth, 1775

Capt. Mowat's warning to Falmouth, 1775 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 4, page 99.

British Capt. Henry Mowatt on October 16, 1775 warned the residents of Falmouth (Portland) of punishment for their rebellious actions.

The superiority of the British rendered a town like Falmouth indefensible.

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Item 6775

Copy of letter from Capt. Mowat to Adm. Graves, 1775

Copy of letter from Capt. Mowat to Adm. Graves, 1775 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 4, page 98-99.

British Captain Henry Mowatt wrote to Samuel Graves on October 19, 1775 concerning the burning of Falmouth.

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Item 1286

Letter to George Washington on burning of Falmouth, 1775

Letter to George Washington on burning of Falmouth, 1775 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 4, page 99.

In this 1775 letter to George Washington, the inhabitants of North Yarmouth and New Gloucester expressed their fear that their communities would be burned after Falmouth.

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Item 6044

Joshua Freeman powder horn

Joshua Freeman powder horn / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 4, page 101.
The powder horn is inscribed with "Joshua Freeman March 27/1767" and decorate with images of a bird, flower, squirrel, bear, buck and rattlesnake.

Joseph Weir, who made the powder horn, was a scout and Indian fighter who often stopped at the Freeman Tavern on Middle Street in Portland.

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