COLONIAL MASSACHUSETTS Plan of ye Town of Pownall, MANUSCRIPT MAP ON PAPER showing the plots laid out for Pownallborough lying between the Kennebec River and Wiscasset Bay
Lot 46
COLONIAL MASSACHUSETTS Plan of ye Town of Pownall, MANUSCRIPT MAP ON PAPER showing the plots laid out for Pownallborough lying between the Kennebec River and Wiscasset Bay
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Lot Details
COLONIAL MASSACHUSETTS
Plan of ye Town of Pownall, MANUSCRIPT MAP ON PAPER showing the plots laid out for Pownallborough lying between the Kennebec River and Wiscasset Bay, ink with outlining in blue or grey wash, large historiated cartouche containing a title within a dedication to Francis Bernard and signed "Tho. Johnston Sculp", stain affecting lower left, 525 x 735mm., Boston, 12 November, 1763

Footnotes

  • An important map of colonial settlement prepared for Sir Francis Bernard (1712-1779), governor of Massachusetts (1760-1769). Bernard, who gave his library to Harvard College following the disasterous fire of 1764, was the last properly-appointed royal governor of Massachusetts, his successors being the hated Thomas Hutchinson as acting governor, and Thomas Gage as military governor.

    Bernard suceeded Governor Pownall for whom Pownallborough was named. Dozens of sizable plots are laid out with a small proportion showing houses, presumably indicative of the amount of settlement at the date of the survey.

    The informative dedication reads "To His Exclly. Frans. Bernard Esq. captain General & Govenor in Chief in & over his Majestys Province of ye Massachsetts bay in N Engld. & Vice-Admiral of the Same, This Plan of ye Town of Pownall by order of ye Proprietors of ye Kennebeck purchase from ye late Colony of new Plymouth is humbly presented by Your Excellys Most Obd Hume Servant James Pitts James Bowdoin Benjm Hallowell Thos. Hancock Silv. Gardiner Boston 12 Novr 1763".

    The area depicted was later divided and now includes Dresden, Wiscasset etc., and is today part of Lincoln County, Maine. The map appears to have been prepared for engraving by the well-known Boston engraver Thomas Johnston (1708-1767), although we have been unable to find any evidence that this was realised.

    Provenance: by direct descent from Sir Francis Bernard, last governor of Massachsetts. See illustration on preceding page.
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