Consolidated Hampden Silver Mining Company
The Consolidated Hampden Silver Mining Company is composed of two corporations organized under the general laws of Maine: The Dunton Silver Mining Company of Hampden, Maine, and the Hampden Silver Mining Company; whose property and capital stock were united under one management by a special act of the Legislature of Maine, approved February 13th, 1880.
Pamphlet contains: 1) Geological Report upon the Dunton Mining Property by W.F. Stewart, Geologist and Mineralogist, Bangor, Maine, November 25th, 1879; 2) W.F. Stewart's letter from March 27th, 1880, to the President and Directors of the Consolidated Hampden Silver Mining Company; 3) The State of Maine's act, which was approved February 13, 1880, to consodiated the Hampden Silver Mining Company and the Dunton Silver Mining Company; and 4) The by-laws of the Consolidated Hampden Silver Mining Company
Mrs. Ephraim Peabody
Boston, Dec. 1, 1880:
My Dear Children: - I think it will interest you to hear about Boston in former days; and I shall tell you not only what I myself remember but also what I have heard from still older persons. Boston was built on a peninsula,- which is. a point of land not quite surrounded by water, but connected with the mainland by a narrow neck. This neck is now so built upon and enlarged by filling in the water on either side that you could scarcely discover it, but on it was the road leading to Roxbury, which is now called Washington Street. You could fee the water on both sides of the road in my youth,- the ocean on one side, and Charles River on the other. The Indians called this peninsula Shawmut.
Mrs. Ephraim Peabody
Report of the Commissoner Appointed by the Governor and Council of Maine to Locate and Survey Bridges Across the St. John and St. Francis Rivers, Connecting the United States with the Dominion of Canada
State of Maine
The undersigned, Commissioner appointed to confer with the authorities of the Dominion of Canada or their representatives, upon the subject of bridges across the St. John and St. Francis rivers, and to report upon the importance, number, location, estimated cost, and any other fact, asks leave to report: That I proceeded to the Barker House in Fredericton, N. B., and by arrangement by telegraph, I met the Hon. Charles F. Perley, Chief Engineer of the Dominion from Ottawa, and after a full and free conference and inter-exchange of views, be directed George E. McLaughsan and Francis Lawler, his assistant civil engineers, to accompany me and fix upon the location and make the survey, estimates of costs, and all necessary information connected with this great national enterprise.
Moses Foster Sweetser
Maine, the Pine Tree State, covers an area of about thirty-two thousand square miles, nearly half of the soil of New England; and is equal in size to Scotland or Ireland, or to Belgium and Holland combined. It is more than double the size of Greece, and one-seventh as large as Texas. A tenth of this area is occupied by inland lakes, the reservoirs of the great rivers; and nearly two-thirds is still primeval forest, from whose timber scores of cities are yet to be built throughout the Atlantic States. It is in this noble wilderness, large enough to ingulf States and principalities, that the abounding natural attractions abide which draw myriads of visitors each returning season.
The population of Maine is not far from six hundred thousand souls, dwelling by the rivers, in the belt between the ocean and the forest, and subsisting mainly by commerce and manufactures. Swarming from this northern hive, like their Gothic ancestors, scores of thousands of enterprising pioneers have migrated to the far West, to found new realms in the silent heart of the continent; or have spread through the elder Atlantic States, where their energy and determination are everywhere conspicuous.
Nathaniel Hawthorne: An oration delivered before the alumni of Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, July 10, 1878
Joseph White Symonds
At the age of fourteen, Hawthorne came to reside with his mother in the house which her brothers had built for her on their new lands in Maine -- a large house, the walls of which are still standing, near the shores of Sebago Lake, in Raymond. He lived there several years, at different times, including some of the vacations of his college course. They were days of delight. With gun or fishing-rod in hand, he wandered at will through the unbroken forest, skirted the shores of the lake in his bouat, watching the lights and shadows on near and distant mountains, or, in winter, when the moonlight was on the ices, skated alone till midnight, building fires to chase the black shadows of the forest from the shores.
Petition for Home Protection: Issued January 8, 1877, by the Bangor Chapter of the Women's Christian Temperance Union
A plea by Mary Crosby of Bangor, Secretary of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, to the Women's National Christian Temperance Union petitioning for the Congress of the United States to prohibit the sale of alcohol in the United States
There is a fine old saying, that you cannot tell by a single wave the tide is ebbing or flowing; but if you look steadily at the land you will soon determine whether it is being submerged or is enlarging its area. So that we may judge of the consequence and the promise of the Pine Tree State tonight I am to ask you to look over its domain, larger than all the rest of New England, its twenty millions of acres, and its three hundred miles of seacoast, comprising beach, marsh, and headland, storm-beaten or "kissed by the sunshine of the mist."
The State of Maine Vs. The Maine Central Railroad Company, 1876: Arguments for the State [concerns recovery of assessed taxes]
State of Maine, Supreme Judicial Court
Argument of the State presented by L.A. Emery, Attornery General of Maine:
The State itself has here come into court, and demands of this corporation that it contribute its fair share toward that revenue without which, State, Court and corporation must all perish together. Yet, here the corporation pleads immunity purchased for a price. The plea ought to be instantly overruled. Sovereignty is beyond price.
At the end of another year of labor and of its rewards, it devolves upon me to call your attention to what has been done, and to point out as I may be able to do so, the condition ard the needs of our worthy cause at this time.
Bangor Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Annual reports for the Bangor Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals from 1874 to 1875.
William T. Harlow
This short piece is an account from the March 7th, 1874, issue of the Clinton Courant newspaper about the 1755 disappearance of four-year-old Lucy Keyes from Princeton, Massachusetts.
Charles Kimball Wells
The Wells, or Welles, family, in England is of very ancient origin, clearly traceable back, it is claimed, to the time of the Norman conquest. About 1635 several families of that name (which was then sometimes spelt Wells, but oftener Welles) emigrated from England to Massachusetts. Some of these families remained in the eastern part of that State, others went to Rhode Island, others to Hartford and other towns in Connecticut, and still others to Hatfield and Hadley, in the western part of Massachusetts. So that we find at a very early day -- before 1660 -- persons bearing that name in many towns of New England. It is probable that (1) Thomas Wells of Ipswich was the earliest emigrant of that name who settled in this country. He came as early as 1635, and perhaps a year earlier. Savage, in his Genealogical Dictionary of New England, states that he came in 1635, on the "Susan and Ellen," from London, with young Richard Saltonstall, when thirty years of age. Mr. D. W. Hoyt, of Providence, R. I., has published the genealogy of his third son, Thomas (N. E. Gen. Register, vol. 12, page 157), and I have endeavored in these pages to trace as well as I could, especially through the earlier generations, the descendants of his second son, John; and I hope some other person will do the same in regard to the descendants of his eldest son, Nathaniel.
September 30, 1869:
The dawn of our Centennial Anniversary was announced by the ringing of bells, and soon after the streets and squares began to fill with people prepared to enjoy the long expected holiday. By railroads, steamers, stages, and other available conveyances, crowds of visitors came into the city lo join in the festivities of the day; the movements of those seeking favorable points for viewing the procession, of the different companies, schools, and societies, rnarching to the rendezvous appointed for its various divisions, the reception of companies from other towns, the music by the almost ubiquitous bands, the beautifully decorated buildings, and the flags waving everywhere in the bright sunlight, all together gave the place an unwonted air of rejoicing.
Autobiography: Temperance vs. intemperance.The story of a man who has experienced the life of a drunkard
It is with much reluctance that I present to the public a history of my life; and unlike most other autobiographers, I do not by any means place myself as an example to be followed by the reader, for it may well be said that the best of my life has not only been thrown away, but has passed to the advantage of immorality; for, behold the man in a state of intoxication, a patron of the most degrading ten-penny rum-shops, with an innocent, poorly clad and half-starved family of children at home crying for bread, and he spending his last penny in one of those hellish dungeons for the intoxicating beverage. It was thus that many years of my life was passed. When I was brought to see my position in society, the disgrace I was bringing upon myself and friends, the foul air I was breathing; when by magic as it were, the past was laid before me, with a realization of the future, then I put on a new armor, fought under new colors, with Faith, Hope and Charity as my emblems, and Temperance, Virtue and Integrity as my mottoes. And God being my helper, I will ever support them.
Having no diary I am obliged to trust to memory for facts and incidents, so it must not be presumed that I am to enter into the minute details of my life, but to give but a limited account of my course, showing how easily the moderate drinker becomes the lowest inebriate.
Letter Written by Hon. Lewis Barker to the Hon. Wm. B. Snell, of the State Senate of Maine, January 30th, 1868
Lewis Barker, of Bangor, a former Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, addresses the current Maine State Senator William B. Snell concerning the issue of the 5-20 bond. The specifics of this bond prove not to be entirely clear in this letter.
John Stuart Mill
We ought not to take advantage of the security which we feel against any such danger in the present case to refuse to a limited class of women that small amount of participation in the enactment and the improvement of our laws which this motion solicits for them, and which would enable the general feelings of women to be heard in this house through a few female representatives.
We ought not to deny to them what we are going to accord to everybody else : a right to be consulted; the common chance of placing in the great council of the nation a few organs of their sentiments; of having what every petty trade or profession has -- a few members of the legislature, with a special call to stand up for their interests, and direct attention to the mode in which those interests are affected by the law, or by any changes in it.
Address delivered at the site of the Popham Colony: near the mouth of the Kennebec, in New England : before the Maine Historical Society, on the 28th August, 1863
A few words are sufficient to explain the printing of this address in England. It was delivered in the summer of 1863, by the invitation of the Historical Society of the State of Maine, and although the printing of it was called for by the Committee of the Society, it was withheld chiefly for the want of time and inclination to devote to its publication.
Taking advantage of the leisure afforded me by a quiet winter on this lovely Island, for the benefit of the health of one of my daughters, I now give it to the press, slight as is its value as a historial document; trusting that it may prove a source of trifling gratification to those interested in the subject.
Ventnor, Isle of Wight, March 6th, 1866
A collection of programs and flyers for concerts, most of which were held in Bangor, primarily at Norombega Hall, City Hall, and the Universalist Church, from the 1860s and 1870s. A few of the flyers are for concerts in Boston. The concerts featured local performers, as well as visiting artists from Boston and New York. The donor of these artifacts to Bangor Public Library is not known.
Our Country's Claim: Oration at the Citizens' Celebration of the Eighty-fifth Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the United States Delivered in Norombega Hall, Bangor, July 4th, 1861
The present eventful time is restoring their significance to some words and usages. The celebration of this day has been an empty pageant, and Fourth of July oratory but another name for political gasconade. But when this year it seemed likely that there would be no public celebration on account of the obvious propriety of avoiding the customary expense, every one of us felt a hungering of the heart for some patriotic observance of the day.
Samuel Harris, July 4th, 1861
Report of Commissioners Appointed to Settle with the Sureties of Benjamin D. Peck, Late Treasurer of Maine
J. G. Blaine
Report focuses on the mishandling of bonds and tax revenue by the Treasurer of the State of Maine, Benjamin D. Peck.
Report of Henry O. Kent, Commissioned on the Part of New Hampshire to Ascertain, Survey and Mark the Eastern Boundary of Said State, from the Town of Fryeburg to the Canada Line. A.D., 1859
Henry O. Kent
It is believed that the line above described is now sufficiently marked and designated to afford a distinguishable and permanent dividing line, which will subserve all the purposes of the two States equally well as a more expensive system of monuments.
All of which is respectfully submitted, John W. Wilson (on the part of Maine), Henry O. Kent (on the part of New Hampshire), Dated the 21st day of December, A.D., 1858
Rules and By-Laws for the Government and Discipline of the Maine State Prison at Thomaston, with a Catalogue of Officers
General Rules and Regulations
Powers and Duties of the Warden
Duties of the Depute Warden
Duties of the Clerk and Commissary
Duties of the Chaplain
Duties of the Physician
Duties of Overseers and Turnkeys
Duties of the Watchmen
Officers of the Maine State Prison
"The following curious and highly amusing document, was handed to us by a friend, who desired to see it in print. We are informed that the questions were copied verbatim from a printed circular, signed by Charles Lowell, Esq., of Ellsworth, which was sent to several of the Postmasters in Illinois, in 1839, for the purpose of obtaining information in regard to that country. A copy of this circular falling, by chance, into the hands of a wag at Jacksonville, he returned it to Mr. Lowell with answers annexed, as given below. Mr. L. being, we presume, little pleased with the character of the answers, refused to take the document out of the Post Office, and it subsequently passed into other hands. We have been much amused with the replies of the Jacksonville wag. They contain the most admirable burlesque upon Western life that we have ever seen."
Report of an exploration and survey of the territory on the Aroostook River, during the spring and autumn of 1838
To Ezekiel Holmes, Esq. of Winthrop,
Sir : Pursuant to the above order of the Board of Internal Improvements, you are authorized and requested to select suitable assistants, and proceed as soon as practicable in the above mentioned exploration and survey, which you will finish in such a manner as in your opinion may best promote the interest of the State. You will make a reconnoisance of the Sebois River and ascertain the practicability of a water communication between this river and La Pompique, also between the Little Machias and Fish Rivers, and at such other points on the Aroostook between the St. John and Penobscot Rivers, as you may deem advisable. You will examine the geology and mineralogy of the country, and present in your Report a topographical account of the same -- describing the streams, mill sites, mountains, ponds, bogs, &c.; the growth, quality and extent of different soils, and in what direction it will be advisable to open roads and the facilities for making the same. You will notice the climate, in what it differs from the settled parts of the State -- the adaptation of that region for particular products -- the facilities for boating, and the transportation of lumber, and all such other particulars as you may deem valuable. You are requested to return specimens of minerals and soils to this office with localities designated, and interesting specimens of natural history, such as fossils, bones, horns, shells, plants, seeds, &c., when the same can be done without much inconvenience.
Elijah L. Hamlin, Land Agent.
May 1st, 1838
Benjamin F. Tefft
Maine Wesleyan Seminary, Nov. 10, 1835,
Gentlemen -- I herewith transmit to you a copy of the Poem to which you allude in your note of the 6th inst. You are aware under what pressure of other duties the Poem was thrown together; at intervals, too, when the mind is least poetical. It was designed, moreover, merely for delivery. In presenting you with this copy, I feel urged to accompany it with these remarks, hoping that you will consider it as an offering to you, rather than to the public. With sentiments of respect, I am most obediently yours.
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