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Senate. Comm. Respecting the Eastern Lands. Report, 1836
Senate No. 4 Report of the Committee respecting the eastern lands. On January 15, 1836, the three man committee reported on a March 12, 1835
Resolve to personally examine the eastern lands. [There is some damage on p. 1 and in other places in the report.] The men were to consider how the state
used its public domain law, come to an idea of the value of the land, and make suggestions for its future management. The Committee provided a
history of the area on pages 6-15. It took its first trip in the summer, but had to give up because of difficulties, so they went back in September. They
were very impressed by all the timber, especially the white pine, and were enthusiastic about the possibility of opening a canal on the Allagash
River. They railed against the lengthy British occupation of areas they thought belonged to the United States. A real valuation of the area was too
expensive, but $1,400,000 was a start. The committee placed heavy reliance on Mr. Coffin, the land agent, because of his long and efficient service. The
report included a four page copy of the agreement with Maine about managing the land. The Committee thought too much responsibility was placed on the
agent, and, in fact, Mr. Coffin had asked for a Board of Commissioners in his 1835 report. The Committee strongly agreed with that. Coffin had made
a map that could be distributed to the Legislature and others; sadly, it was not with this copy of the report. (Digitized from a microfilm copy of
title originally held by the Massachusetts State Library).
Title:   Report of the committee respecting the Eastern Lands.
OCLC Number:   1390647742
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