Contributed by Maine Historical Society
Although delighted by the arrival of statehood for Maine, William Pitt Preble expressed his disgust with the circumstances in which it was eventually achieved: "The chagrin manifested here is beyond anything I have ever seen... And as to those of our representatives who have done so much to embarrass and so little to aid us; may they not be forgotten."
Many people in Maine were unhappy with the Missouri Compromise which admitted Maine into the Union as a free state and Missouri as a slave state. Preble's letter is addressed to William King, future first governor of Maine.
William Pitt Preble was born in York, Maine in 1783, where he started a law practice in 1809 after graduating from Harvard. He was appointed County Attorney for York in 1811, and the United States Attorney for Maine from 1814-1820. Preble was also a delegate at the Maine Constitutional Convention. In 1820, he became a justice of the Maine Supreme Court.
About This Item
- Title: William P. Preble to William King regarding Missouri Compromise, Portland, 1820
- Creator: William Pitt Preble
- Creation Date: 1820-03-09
- Subject Date: 1820-03-09
- Portland, Cumberland County, ME
- Bath, Sagadahoc County, ME
- Media: Ink on paper
- Dimensions: 24 cm x 21 cm
- Local Code: Coll. 165, Box 17/13
- Collection: William King papers
- Object Type: Text
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