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|Scope & Content||
The provenance of these papers remains a complete mystery at this time. They were found in one manilla envelope, with material related to the Boxford-Perley Papers (ms 036), but most are from a later generation and have little or no corelation with that collection. The names of Samuel Perley and/or Luther Fitch appear on many, if not most of these papers. Perley was a surveyor and member of the prominent Perley family in Bridgton, while Fitch was an attorney who apparently practiced in Portland and Westbrook. Many of the documents deal with real estate and road issues.
Folder 1: Land Records, Inventories, Settlements for Timber, Bonds, & other documents, 1807-1867
Folder 2: Notes on Evidence and other Litigation documents, 1854-1865 & no date.
Folder 3: Unidentified Diary for 1894. This is a prticularly interesting volume, as the writer started on January 1 with the words "Another new year has dawned upn me" and completed it on December 31, ending with the words "Good by old year." It was entirely hand-written on lined paper and sewn together. The writer kept meticulous notes of expenditures for each month at the beginning of the book, and summarized and totalled the monthly expenses. Refernces to being unable to afford to attend an entertainment by "some colored jubilee singers" and a shabby overcoat suggest that the writer was not well off.
|Title||Samuel Perley-Luther Fitch et. al. Documents, 1807-1894|