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An Archives Sampler #3

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Photo of Frederick Douglass and the 1st Maine Cavalry outside hotel

In 1877, the great African American orator and writer Frederick Douglass, who had spent most of his life fighting for the abolition of slavery and for the rights of all individuals, travelled through New England on a speaking tour. He was invited by veterans of the First Maine Cavalry to join them at their annual reunion in Old Orchard Beach. Douglass is standing fourth from right in the first row. He noted that is was a sign of great progress in race relations that he had enhoyed "a game of croquest with ladies and gentlemen of a different race right out in front of the hotel."

Photo of oxen packing a snowy road

A team of ten oxen pulling something not seen in the picture. Our guess is that it was a very heavy sledge, filled with large rocks and used to pack down snow on the roadways. Another early photo by George French

Image of a document by Daniel Webster.  	  Click here for a transcription

Daniel Webster, United States Secretary of State, signed this 1843 letter to the Governor of Maine, Acknowleging the Receipt of some papers relating to the final settlement of the Northeast boundary dispute between the United State and Great Britain. The previous year, Webster had signed The Webster-Ashburton Treaty with Great Britain, resolving once and for all the exact boundary between Maine and Canada.

Petition for the name change of George Whitten.  Click here for a transcription

A typical name change. In 1811, a boy named George Whitten was rescued from an Almshouse in Clinton by a man named Thomas Esher. By 1821, Esher had decided to formally adopt the youngster by having the boy's name changed to George Gowell Esher. This means that the Whitten family line may have 'lost' a descendent, and the Esher family tree may have gained an 'ancester' who is not a blood relative.

Photo of Percival Baxter and Garry

Percival P. Baxter, Governor of Maine 1921-1925, with his beloved Irish Setter "GarryOwen." The pair often took walks together around this immediate neighborhood and students who attended Nash School, just behind the State House, used to wait eagerly on the corner to shake hands with Maine's foremost dog. Governor Baxter is remembered today for having donated 202,064 acres of wilderness to the state, a gift now known as Baxter State Park.