Maine Bicentennial


Peter Edes



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In 1809, Paul Chadwick was hired to survey lands held by the proprietors of the Plymouth Patent, including property that fell within the boundaries of the town of Malta, now known as Windsor, Maine. The land survey caused upset among settlers as property ownership was called into question. Vowing to defend their property, on September 8, a party of fully armed men, some disguised as Native Americans, approached Chadwick advising him to cease his activities. Chadwick declined and was shot, dying the following day.

David Lynn, Prince Kein, Jabez Meiggs, Elijah Barton, Jonas Proctor, Adam Pitts, Anson Meiggs, and Nathaniel Lynn were arrested and on September 15 and charged with Chadwick's murder. The murder and subsequent events became known as The Malta War. This booklet, produced by Maine newspaper man and Revolutionary Veteran, Peter Edes, records testimony and proceedings of the murder trial.

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Peter Edes


Augusta, Maine


Malta War, Maine Murder Trials


Criminal Law | United States History


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The Trial of David Lynn, Prince Kein [sic], Jabez Meiggs [sic], Elijah Barton, Adam Pitts, Anson Meiggs [sic], and Nathaniel Lynn. Indicted for the Murder of Paul Chadwick, Containing a Compendious but Clear and Full Statement of all the Evidence, Together with a Correct Abridgement of the Pleadings of Council, and the Charge to the Jury, as Delivered by the Court



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