Hayward’s New England Gazetteer (1839) page 329
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in the county of Penobscot, and its
wheat crop, the same year, amount-
ed To 202,143 bushels.

Large portions of the soil of this
almost wilderness .county are stated
to be exceedingly luxuriant, equal-
ling in quality the famed lands of
the Ohio valley. There are doubt-
less large tracts of .land in the val-
leys of the Mattawamkeag, Aroos-
took, St. Johns, and Madawaska, as
fertile, and which will ultimately
become as valuable for their agri-
cultural productions, as any in our

The water power of this county
is unrivalled by any section of coun-
try of its extent in the worjd, and
the noble Penobscot furnishes it
with-a cheap and convenient pas-
sage for the wants of its people
from abroad, an.d for the surplus
productions of the soil at home.

When the resources of this coun-
ty are more fully developed and
better understood; when the health-
fulness of the climate, the purity
of its air and water, are fairly
compared with those of the western
and southern prairies, and when the
value of a surplus bushel of wheat,,
or a fat ox on the banks of the Ohio,
is compared with the value of the
same productions on the banks of
the Penobscot, wo trust there will
be less complaint against the soil of
New England, for the want, of pat-
ronage it- affords-to the enterprize,
comfort, and wealth of her children.

Penobscot, Me.

Hancock co. A maritime town,
on the E. side of- Penobscot bay,
nearly opposite'.to; Belfast,-and 12
miles E. by N. from it. It is 75
miles E. fry N. from Augusta, 8 N.
by E. from Castine., and 17 S. W.
from Ellsworth. An arm.of Penob-
scot bay sets up from the S. W., and
gives the tpwn great navigable facil-
ities. Ih has a great water power,
and its manufacture of lumber, its.
ship building, and coasting trade,
render it an important and flourish-
ing sea port. The surface of the
town is pleasant, and the soil good.
Population, 1837, 1,496. Wheat
crop, same year, 2,074 bushels.—
Incorporatedj 1787.

Pepperell, Mass.

Middlesex co. This is a very
pleasant town, with a good soil and
handsome orchards. It is watered
by the Nashua. river, which gives
U a good water power. There are
•three paper mills in the town, and
manufactures of palm-feaf hats,
boots, shoes, &c. Annual amount
about $8X),000. Incorporated, 1753.
Population,. 1837, 1,5S8. It lies 33
milesN. W. from Boston, and 17
N. N. W. from Concord.

Col. William Prescott, the
brave defender of Charlestown
heights, was a native of this. town.
He died in 1795, aged. 70.

This town derived its name from
William-Pepperell, who
about the year 1727, was chosen
one of his majesty’s council, and
was annually re-elected 32 years,
till his death. Living in a coun-
try exposed to a ferocious enemy,
he was well fitted for the situa-
tion, in which he was placed, for it
pleased God to give him a vigorous
frame, and a mind of firm tex-
ture, and of great calmness in dan-
ger. Fie rose to the-highest mili-
tary honors which bis country could
bestow upon him. When the ex-
pedition against Louisbourg was
contemplated, he was commission-
ed’by the governors of New Eng-
land to command the troops. He
invested the city in 1745. There
was a remarkable series of provi-
dences in the whole affair, and Mr.'
Pepperell ascribed bis unparalleled
success to the God of armies. The
king, in'.reward for his services,
conferred upon him the dignity, of a
baronet of Great Britain, an honor
never before conferred on a native
of New England. He died at his
seat in Kitter-y, Maine, July 6,
1759,aged 63 years, leaving but one


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