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Thomas, Waterman (fl. 1785-1801) [Waldoborough petition]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.09125 Author/Creator: Thomas, Waterman (fl. 1785-1801) Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 16 May 1785 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 31.8 x 19.9 cm.

Petition to the Senate and House of Representatives of Massachusetts regarding settlement of the Waldo patent by German immigrants, who were promised territory by Brigadier General Samuel Waldo. Mentions how the French & Indian War disrupted settlement. Request that their promised lands be given to them.

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