An Archives Sampler #2
ALTHOUGH THE BOSTON RED SOX HAVE BEEN BREAKING THE HEARTS OF MAINERS FOR DECADES, WE ALL REVERE THE LEGENDARY TED WILLIAMS, THE SLUGGING LEFT FIELDER FOR OUR BELOVED TEAM FROM 1939 TO 1960! TED WAS AN AVID FISHERMAN, AND HERE HE IS IN THE PRIME OF HIS CAREER, ALL SET FOR A DAY OF ANGLING ON A MAINE LAKE.
VERY LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT THIS BEAUTIFUL MAP EXCEPT THAT IT WAS ONE OF MANY THAT THE NOTED ANTIQUARIAN, JAMES PHINNEY BAXTER, COMMISSIONED TO BE COPIED IN GREAT BRITAIN AND EUROPE IN THE LATE 19th CENTURY. HE LATER DONATED THE COPIES TO THE STATE. THE SURVEYOR WHO DREW THE ORIGINAL MAP IS UNKNOWN, EXCEPT FOR HIS INITIALS "J. S." (HE USED THE LATIN STYLE "I" INSTEAD of "J".) THE MAP IS UNDATED, BUT THERE IS A CLUE ABOUT WHEN IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN MADE. THE FIRST LETTER OF EACH LINE OF THE RATHER CONVOLUTED VERSE JUST TO THE RIGHT OF THE MAP'S TITLE, WHEN READ VERTICALLY FROM TOP TO BOTTOM, SPELLS OUT 'JAMES DUKE OF YORK.' THE MAP WAS THEREFORE MADE SOMETIME BETWEEN 1660 AND 1685, DURING THE REIGN OF CHARLES II OF ENGLAND, WHEN HIS YOUNGER BROTHER JAMES HELD THE TITLE OF DUKE OF YORK. JAMES HIMSELF BECAME KING JAMES II IN 1685, UPON THE DEATH OF CHARLES. AS YOU CAN SEE, THE SURVEYOR WAS CERTAINLY TRYING TO FLATTER THE DUKE:
J ust Great and Good are Princely epithets
A nd each of these your highness well befitts
M y aime with your great virtues cannot want
E ncouragement (craving what's fit to grant)
S erenest Prince I heer (unto your eye)
D eclare (by mapp) how England's strength doth lye
U nseen in rivers of the New Plantations
K ingly commanding heads of other nations
E qually it to honor neither Spain
O r the boasting Dutch can shew the like againe!
F reely accept (Great Sire) the loyaltie
Y our meanest servant offers to your eye
O ceans and rivers ring loud peales of faime
R esounding echoes to your honor'd name
K ind heav'ns and stars continue long the same.
JOE COLLEGE, 1900! GEORGE FRENCH, WHO IN LATER LIFE CAME TO WORK AS A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THE STATE OF MAINE, TOOK THIS EXTRAORDINARY IMAGE OF HIMSELF IN HIS DORM ROOM AT BATES COLLEGE. HE WAS QUITE A STUDENT ATHLETE. SEE HOW MANY ITEMS OF ATHLETIC PARAPHERNALIA YOU CAN FIND AMIDST ALL THE DECORATIONS!
IN 1734, A CULPRIT NAMED SAMUEL COLE WAS BROUGHT BEFORE THE YORK COUNTY COURT OF GENERAL SESSIONS ON CHARGES OF PUBLIC INTOXICATION AND ASSAULT AND BATTERY AGAINST HIS OWN SON. THE KING'S PROSECUTOR, NOAH EMORY, APPARENTLY WAS NOT CONVINCED THAT COLE WAS GUILTY OF MUCH OF ANYTHING. MEANWHILE, SOME OFFICER OF THE COURT - PERHAPS THE CLERK - AMUSED HIMSELF BY WRITING A POEM ON THE BACK OF A COURT DOCUMENT ABOUT THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE TRIAL. HIS WHIMSICAL EFFORT, WHICH WE HAVE TRANSCRIBED FOR YOU, DESCRIBES EXACTLY WHAT TRANSPIRED. IN THE END, THE CASE AGAINST SAM COLE WAS INDEED "QUASHED" - THAT IS, DISMISSED, BUT HE STILL HAD TO PAY 7 POUNDS AND 13 SHILLINGS IN COURT COSTS!
The Jurors of our Lord the King
On oath present, & here they bring
Into this honorable court,
This lamentable sad report.
That one Sam Cole of Beddiford
A vain and graceless wretch (good Lord!)
Of whom 'twas also further said
He was a millwright by his trade.
At Beddiford on the fifth day
Of August last, the jurors say
By force & arms and an high hand
He got so drunk he could not stand.
Not only so, but when 'twas done
Did beat & bang poor Sam his son,
Threat'ning to take away his breath
& hand him to the shades of death
And by his maker then and there
Six oaths he did profanely swear.
And at the place before rehears'd
On the seventh day of August past,
The millwright Sam got drunk once more
In manner as he did before,
And to dispatch his 'forsaid son
Threat'ned to kill him with a gun
And then & there in cruel wrath
He did profanely swear an oath
That could he meet his said son Sam
By's maker he would shoot him slam.
And other crimes which men should hate
This old Sam Cole did perpetrate,
Our Sovereign's peace contrary to,
His crown & dignity also,
Of ill example too 'tis tho't
To those offending in like sort.
Emm'rey Attorney for the King
Who says 'tis no uncommon thing
For men themselves t'intoxicate
It oftentimes has been his fate
A thing no man has need to awe
He therefore thinks as others do
This should be quashed & Sam let go.
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