Letter from William B. Bostwick to the Newburyport Selectmen Summarizing the Results of his Coastal Journey, 1827.
Folio sheet, folded to 8 x 10 inches. Two pages of manuscript, about 350 words. Integral address leaf.
William Bostwick Banister was a lawyer, merchant, and politician. He was born in Brookfield, Mass. in 1773, graduated Dartmouth College in 1797, and died in Newburyport in1853. This letter reports to the Selectmen of Newburyport the results of his trip up the New England coast from Portsmouth to Belfast, stopping at ports in between such as Kennebunk, Portland, Bath and Wiscassett. The purpose of his trip was to round up support for a request, or “Memorial” to Congress asking for funds to improve coastwise navigation. This, apparently, would include dredging, and improving infrastructure at the ports he visited. At Kennebunk, for example, he says, “they were obliged to have two piers… like ours, contemplated.” He was so eager to move this project forward that he wrote several Memorials to Congress for officials who were too busy to write Congress themselves.