The Official Story
Chapter 7

Foster's creditors line up to collect

The court records suggest that Foster's creditors attempted to retrieve what he owed them.

In the Lincoln County Court records for 1788, there are records of a Boston merchant attempting to collect a sizeable debt from Foster. Henry Sewall kept tabs on the case in his diary. He records his correspondence with the Boston merchant's attorney, his attendance at the trial in Pownalborough, and his attendance at the appeal, which Foster lost. (Notice that Henry Sewall was in Pownalborough for other reasons, too. His defamation case with Foster was still brewing.)

Looking through the town's property deeds, we find records showing Isaac Foster sold some unimproved property in 1790 for 60 pounds. He'd acquired the same property a couple of years earlier for 200 pounds, but the town treasurer held a mortgage on the property. It seems Foster was being forced to hand over the land because he was unable to raise the funds required to pay off a 30 pound debt.

Martha's diary entries suggest that the local townsfolk were lining up to make their claims against Isaac Foster.

Foster haggles with the town
The evidence suggests that Foster began looking for another job.

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Land deeds of Rev. Foster
Lincoln County Courthouse
August 2, 1790
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August 2, 1790 Page 66 (back)

  Receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge have given granted bargained and sold and by these presents do give grant bargain and sell to the said Daniel Shute his Heirs and Assigns forever a certain -- Tract of Land in Hollowell aforesaid bounded as --- follows beginning at the east end of the South -- Line of Lot Number five thence running West Northwest three hundred and twenty rods to a road thence Southerly by said Road about thirty four rods then east southeast three hundred and twenty poles to Kennebeck River then Northerly by the s..d River to the first mentioned Bounds and contains sixty eight Acres more or less it being the Northerly part of Lot Number 4. on a plan made by Nathan Winslow Surveyor dated June seventeenth one thousand seven hundred and sixty one being the same Land which was sold to the said Foster by Ephraim Cowen by his Deed dated the fifth day of June one thousand seven hundred and ninety eighty seven reserving nevertheless four Acres of the same -- heretofore sold by the said Foster to Benjaimin -- Wade. -- To have and to hold the same to the said Daniel Shute his Heirs and Assigns with all the priviledges and appurtenances to the same belonging forever. And I the said Foster do covenant and agree to and with the said Shute his Heirs Assigns Executors and Administrators that I am lawfully seized of the same and have good Right to convey the same as aforesaid excepting that William Howard has one Mortgage upon the same and that he the said Daniel Shute his Heirs and Assigns shall