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Item 7570

Tabitha Longfellow's writing book, 1788-89

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1788 Media: Ink on paper

Item 102228

"Falmouth burnt by the Kings troops" journal entry, Falmouth Neck, 1775

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1775 Location: Portland; Falmouth Media: Ink on Paper

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Port of Portland's Custom House and Collectors of Customs

The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.