Description: [MAINE] Thos. Vose (1765-1848) an interesting historic Maine figure. He moved to Robbinston, Maine, in 1790, with his wife and infant daughter, to take charge of the interests of Lieut. Gov. Edward Robbins, the first proprietor and from whom the town was named. Governor Robbins was one of the commissioners for building the state house in Boston, and the large timbers for the building were obtained by Mr. Vose from land that Gov. Robbins owned in the southwestern part of Calais, Maine. The twelve pillars on the front of the building were made of great pine trees which must have been over three feet in diameter, and were cut between Mount See All and Vose Lake. Mr. E. H. Vose says: "I well remember, when a boy of eight years, of my grandfather charging me to 'go and look at those pillars' when I went to Boston, and to 'remember that my old grandfather got them.'" He built the first vessel in Robbinston in 1792, a schooner called the "First Attempt," and afterward built a number of ships at Robbinston and some at St. Andrews, New Brunswick. For some years he was engaged in the fishing trade largely with the Indians of the Passamoquoddy tribe who were always the firm friends of him and his descendants. He was a member of the convention which formed the constitution for the state of Maine, when it was set apart from Massachusetts, and was a member of the legislature. He was one of the selectmen of the town and active in town affairs. He kept his interest in politics and town affairs until his death. Offered here is a document signed, Robbinstown [Maine] 1798, approx. 7.5 x 3.5 in. He receives from James Dyer 11 pounds 5 shillings. VG.
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