Newfield, Maine: 1805. Ledger sheet presented to the Proprietors of "Washington Mines" in Newfield (Maine) by William Frost, Clerk, which includes a payment to "Col. Paul Rever" (sic) made in 1794.
Washington mines were located in Washington Plantation, the original name of the town of Newfield, Maine. It was surveyed and first settled as Washington Plantation in 1778, and many of its early settlers were soldiers who had served in the Revolutionary War. "Washington Mines" refers to the local industry involved in the mining of silver and iron, which was established shortly after the war.
In the period after the war Revere had passed the running of his silver shop in Boston over to his son Paul. Revere senior began to explore new businesses, including a hardware store, a foundry and a copper rolling mill. And in 1794, the year in which he assayed the ore for the mines in Maine, after 34 years as a Freemason, Revere was elected as the second Grand Master of the newly formed Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. During his three year term as Grand Master, he chartered 23 new Lodges throughout Massachusetts and Maine, personally visiting many. Eleven sets of "officer jewels", symbolic emblems worn by the Lodge's officers, were handcrafted in silver by Revere.
The Paul Revere entry, dated 1794 on the ledger sheet, reads, "To paid Col. Paul Rever (sic) his Bill for trying ores in Boston to no purpose, $1.50".
The other entries include monies advanced on Frost's share at the meeting at Berwick, October 1793 and at a later meeting; a fee for recording the doings of three of the Proprietors' meetings in 1793 & 1794; a cash advance to a Mr. Nathaniel Parsons; and another entry for unspecified receipts. The total amount, on the verso, is $77.50. It is signed in full by William Frost, Clerk and rendered to the Committee of Accounts on February 11th, 1805.
14 1/4 x 6". Written on laid, watermarked paper, on two sides. Very good condition. Item #22661