Letter concerning Madawaska census, 1837

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Isaac Hodsdon received a letter in 1837 about Ebeneezer Greely who had been conducting a census of Madawaska when he was arrested and jailed in Frederickton, New Brunswick. New Brunswick and Maine were in dispute over the boundary between the two.

The letter, from W. H. Robinson, notes that upon Greely's release from prison, he returned to the area and said he was an agent of the state of Maine and that if arrested again, another agent would be sent to finish the work, supported by an "armed force."

In a letter to Hodsdon from prison, Greely had advocated for troops to protect the border and the U.S. interests.

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  • Title: Letter concerning Madawaska census, 1837
  • Creator: W. H. Robinson
  • Creation Date: 1837-09-19
  • Subject Date: 1837
  • Locations:
    • Aroostook County, ME
    • NB, Canada
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 25.5 cm x 20.5 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 8, Box 1/5
  • Collection: Isaac Hodsdon papers
  • Object Type: Text

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