Prentiss Mellen to William King regarding the Missouri Compromise, Washington, DC, 1820

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Prentiss Mellen was born in Sterling, Massachusetts in 1764 and died in Portland in 1840. He served as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts from 1818-1820 and as a Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court from 1820-1834. William King (1768-1852) became a Massachusetts State Senator in 1816 and was Maine’s first governor from 1820-1821.

In this letter written to King in Boston, Mellon discussed how to overcome Maine’s new connection to Missouri and slavery. Mellen also expressed his gratitude that King’s brother, Rufus King--an ardent abolitionist, had arrived at Congress to help them plead their case.

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  • Title: Prentiss Mellen to William King regarding the Missouri Compromise, Washington, DC, 1820
  • Creator: Prentiss Mellen
  • Creation Date: 1820-01-25
  • Subject Date: 1820-01-25
  • Locations:
    • Washington, DC
    • Boston, Suffolk County, MA
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 25 cm x 20.25 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 165, Box 17/11
  • Collection: William King papers
  • Object Type: Text

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