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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Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us Ja-- Sullivan Wm. Sullivan, Witness to Rebecca Foster, signing and sealing and delivering Thomas Mosely Ebenezer Mosely. Suffolk Ss. August 2nd 1790. Then the said Isaac Foster personally appeared and acknowledged the aforegoing to be his free Act and Deed. Before me Ja. Sullivan Just. peace --

Recd. August 1790 and entered & examined

by Tho. Rice Regr

Elias Cook
Edm.d G. Row

To all People to whom these presents shall come Greeting. Know ye that I Elias Cook of Georgetown in the County of Lincoln Yeoman for and in consideration of the sum of thirteen----- Pounds ten shillings well and annually paid by Edmund Grover Row of Georgetown aforesaid Yeoman the Receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge and am therewith fully satisfied and contented do hereby remise release and forever quit claim unto the said Edmund Grover Row his Heirs and Assigns all my Right Title and Interest in and to a certain Tract of Land on Parkers Island in said Georgetown containing Seventy five Acres or thereabouts bounded as followeth viz; beginning at the Southeasterly Corner of Thomas Stevens Lot thence west to a certain mark'd Tree to Jeremy Speny Lot thence North by east ninety four rods to Ebenezer Olivers Land thence East to Sheepscutt River thence Southerly to the firstmentioned Bounds with the Appurtenances. To have and to hold the same to him the said Row