Orchard Cook on his frustration with Maine's separation movement, Washington DC, 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:
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.

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  • 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
  • Locations:
    • ME
    • Washington, DC
    • Boston, MA
    • NH
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Local Code: Coll. 165, Box 5/11
  • Collection: William King papers
  • Object Type: Text

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