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Eli Dewhurst Transcript

Pembroke Nov 6, 1861.

Governor Washburn.

Sir, I sent a request by Mr Wadsworth, who is a member of your Council, that if there was a Commissioner to be sent to the Worlds-Fair, to be held in London next year, that I might receive such appointment. He informs me that there has not as yet been any appropriation for that purpose. Presuming that there will be & that Maine will be represented, I write you about it. I believe you are somewhat acquainted with me and you may remember me as once the Pastor of the Baptist Church in Hampden - also in Belfast. I can refer you to almost any one in those places among where Hon. H. Hamlin also in Bangor I can refer you to Thomas White E. Trask, Elijah Low. Rev. C. P. Portes. J. C. White. And others with whom you are probably personally acquainted.

I believe that Rev. Mrs. Blew of Augusta was appointed as one Commissioner when it was held in London before.

As regards the qualifications for such appointment I will say that before I entered the ministry I worked on almost all kinds of machinery for twenty years - being a mechanic-and I have spent several years of my ministry in agricultural districts so that I consider myself competent to judge upon the merits of manufacturing__ or agricultural machinery & impliments and such things as would be sent from our State.

If there should be an appropriation for this purpose next winter if it is no more than traveling expense I will be glad. If you would give me the appointment assuring you that I would do all in my power for the interests of our State.

Hon L. L. Wadsworth-will give you any information with reference to myself that you me need.

Yours Respectfully,

Eli Dewhurst