Orchard Cook on his frustration with Maine's separation movement, Washington D.C., 1806

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Orchard Cook addressed several leaders of the separation movement about his frustration with Massachusetts, as well as the current state of the movement. Cook intertwined wit and metaphor throughout the letter, and inquired to how much longer Maine must wait to become a state. Cook, who had clearly reached a breaking point by 1806, felt Maine was long overdue for separation.

Born in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1763, Cook was a political and statesman from Lincoln County, Maine. He held several roles as a public official including Justice of the Peace, Assessor, and member of the U.S. House of Representatives 1805-1811. He died in 1819, less than a year before Maine achieved statehood.

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  • Title: Orchard Cook on his frustration with Maine's separation movement, Washington D.C., 1806
  • Creator: Cook, Orchard
  • Creation Date: 1806-07-27
  • Subject Date: 1806-07-27
  • Town: Boston, Washington
  • State: DC, MA, ME, NH
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Local Code: Coll. 165, Box 5/11
  • Collection: William King papers
  • Object Type: Text

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