Contributed by Maine Historical Society
Orchard Cook addressed several leaders of the separation movement about his frustration with Massachusetts, as well as the current state of the movement:
How long shall the Trunk be in servitude & pay suit, service, homage & tribute—to a Limb, long since amputated by N. Hampshire? Are we always to be a kind of sub Colony, to a sub state--? If we wait till Land Holders (who now unrighteously pay one third their quota of taxation) be in favour of it far, far, distant will be the era of our freedom & independence.
Born in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1763, Cook was a politician from Lincoln County. He held several roles as a public official including Justice of the Peace, Assessor, and member of the US House of Representatives from 1805-1811. He died in 1819, less than a year before Maine achieved statehood.
About This Item
- Title: Orchard Cook on his frustration with Maine's separation movement, Washington DC, 1806
- Creator: Orchard Cook
- Creation Date: 1806-07-27
- Subject Date: 1806-07-27
- Washington, DC
- Boston, MA
- Media: Ink on paper
- Local Code: Coll. 165, Box 5/11
- Collection: William King papers
- Object Type: Text
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