Contributed by Westport Island History Committee
This is a collection letter to the Town of Westport Selectmen from a Wiscasset doctor, or medical provider, for unpaid services to two families.
In the nineteenth century, paupers were often assigned to the lowest bidder for maintenance; and poor boys were bound as servants or apprentices in homes of established settlers. These practices reduced the liability of the town for board and care; but the town did assume liability for extraordinary costs of those who could not afford essential care, such as medical services.
About This Item
- Title: Letter to Westport Selectmen from Wiscasset medical provider, 1847
- Creator: Williams, P. M.
- Creation Date: 1847-09-01
- Subject Date: 1847-09-01
- Town: Westport, Wiscasset
- County: Lincoln
- State: ME
- Media: Ink on paper
- Dimensions: 25 cm x 21.5 cm
- Local Code: TarSar.Doc.19-1.1847
- Collection: Sarah Tarbox Letters
- Object Type: Text
For more information about this item, contact:Westport Island History Committee
6 Fowles Point Road, Westport Island, ME 04578
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LC Subject Headings
- Wesport (Me.). Overseers of the Poor
- Welfare recipients--Maine--Westport
- Poor persons--Maine--Westport
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