Portland in the Past
"In this book, first published in 1886, the author achieved his goal of preparing a volume of reliable local history which should be entertaining as well as instructive. Mr. Goold begins with Captain Christopher Levett, who settled a plantation in 1623 on an island near the coastal area that would later become the town of Portland, Maine. Beginning with 1623, he spends the remaining 500-plus pages spinning a chronological history of Portland and the surrounding area through the mid-19th century. The author's ability to strike a good balance among the various types of history-social, political, religious and armed conflict-is one reason for the success of this volume. The discussion of numerous individuals who played a role in and influenced the development of the region, such as Governor Robert Gorges, John Winter, Arthur Macworth, Governor Shirley and Governor Andros, to name a few, is another. Conflicts with the displaced Indian peoples were prevalent and came to a head during the First Indian (or Philip's) and Second Indian Wars of the late 17th century. These wars and their effects upon the populace and further settlement have received due attention, as have the later wars such as the French and Indian Wars, the Revolutionary War, the War with Tripoli and the War of 1812. An everyname plus subject index is available."--Heritagebooks.com.
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Page 504 - I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of Hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of Hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of Hosts : and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of Hosts.
Page 405 - That a marble monument be erected by the United States, in the Capitol, at the city of Washington ; and that the family of General Washington be requested to permit his body to be deposited under it ; and that the monument be so designed as to commemorate the great events of his military and political life.
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Page 107 - And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries. 6 And nation was "destroyed of nation, and city of city : for God did vex them with all adversity.
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Page 145 - French among thorn and if they would give us quarter. They answered, that they were Frenchmen, and that they would give us good quarter. Upon this...
Page 121 - Procter, Martha Carrier and George Jacobs were executed at Salem, a very great number of Spectators being present. Mr. Cotton Mather was there, Mr. Sims, Hale, Noyes, Chiever &c. All of them said they were innocent, Carrier and all. Mr. Mather says they all died by a Righteous Sentence. Mr. Burrough by his Speech, Prayer, protestation of his Innocence, did much move unthinking persons, which occasions their speaking hardly concerning his being executed.
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