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ITEM — Box: 2, Folder: 5 Identifier: UAI 20.707

Letter to the Selectmen of Charlestown, 1785 January 13 Digital

Scope and Contents

Three-and-a-half-page handwritten letter from "FM Dana by order &c," to the Selectmen of Charlestown. Dana is presumably speaking on behalf of the Selectmen of Cambridge and provides an extensive response to the Charlestown Selectmen about increased ferry fares that is critical of the demands of the Harvard Corporation.


  • 1785 January 13

Researcher Access

The Records relating to Harvard's interest in the Charlestown ferry are open for research.


.05 cubic feet (5 folders)

Biographical / Historical

Francis Dana (1743-1811), Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court, received an AB from Harvard in 1762 and an AM in 1765. Dana practiced law in Boston and, in 1777 and 1778, represented Massachusetts in the Continental Congress. In 1779, Dana traveled to Europe with John Adams as part of the peace commission, and served as the United States Ambassador to Russia until 1783. Upon his return to Massachusetts, Dana settled into a newly built mansion in Cambridge and was appointed to the state's Supreme Judicial Court. He served as Chief Justice from 1792 until his resignation in 1806. Dana was one of the leaders of the proprietors of the West Boston Bridge. Dana died on August 30, 1807.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Gordon T. Banks on November 22, 1939.


Repository Details

Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository

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