"An address to the inhabitants of the District of Maine upon the subject of their separation," Portland, 1791


This writing, attributed to Daniel Davis (1762-1835) and printed by Thomas Wait of Portland, marked the first, large-scale written tract about the separation of Maine from Massachusetts. Davis’ lengthy proposition outlined the separation argument from both sides, however, he omitted mention of the Coasting Law (which rendered many coastal towns against separation.) The narrative is full of references to the glory of the Federal Constitution, signed just a few years prior. Davis' primary thesis was a defense of separation, and its benefits to Maine.


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