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In 1825, the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in concurrence with the Legislature of the State of Maine, requested that George W. Coffin, the Land Agent for the State of Maine, "...take effectual measures to ascertain the extent of the depredations committed on the lands belonging to this Commonwealth and the State of Maine, by whom the same have been committed, and under what authority, if any, such depredations have been made, and all other facts necessary to bring the offenders to justice, also to make and execute good and sufficient deeds, conveying to the settlers on the undivided public lands on the St. Johns and Madawaska Rivers, in actual possession as aforesaid, their heirs or assigns, 100 acres each, of the land by them possessed, to include their improvements on their respective lots, they paying to the said agents for the use of this Commonwealth, five dollars each, and the expense of surveying the same. And also to sell the timber on such of the undivided public lands, as lie contiguous to and near to the waters of the River St. Johns, in all cases where such sale will, in the opinion of the Land Agent, promote the interest of this Commonwealth." The survey was not without controversy. This pamphlet contains documents pertaining to the survey.
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Coffin, George W.; Clay, Henry; Lincoln, Levi; and Massachusetts Legislature, "Documents Relating to the Boundary Line Between Maine and New Brunswick" (1826). Maine Bicentennial. 89.