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Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence, essentially in following format, was printed and distributed by order of the Massachusetts Legislative Council. Each Maine town received a copy and had it read to the assembled inhabitants. This was their official notification of the … Continue reading

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Maine Admission Amendment

Maine Statehood Amendment

The following is a copy of the document in the National Archives amending the bill in the U.S. Congress admitting Maine as a state. Source: Amendment to the bill for the admission of the State of Maine into the Union … Continue reading

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Webster Ashburton Treaty

Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster, Secretary of State, representing the United States, negotiated a new boundary between Maine and what is now Canada with Alexander Baring, Lord Ashburton, “Her Britannic Majesty’s Minister Plenipotentiary on Special Mission.” The treaty, signed August 9, 1842, became … Continue reading

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Webster Ashburton Treaty Notes

NOTE 1 [Her Britannic Minister Plenipotentiary on Special Mission to the Secretary of State] WASHINGTON 9th August 1842 SIR, It appears desirable that some explanation between us should be recorded by correspondence respecting the fifth Article of the Treaty signed … Continue reading

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