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Isaac Hodsdon

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Chester Bradley Jordan, “Saunders W. Cooper,” In 1 Proceedings Of The Bar Association Of The State Of New Hampshire 169 (N.S. 1900) Jan 1900

Chester Bradley Jordan, “Saunders W. Cooper,” In 1 Proceedings Of The Bar Association Of The State Of New Hampshire 169 (N.S. 1900)

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The article is an extended biographical sketch of Cooper that passes over this (alleged smuggling) episode.


N.H. Patriot, Feb. 16, 1826 Feb 1826

N.H. Patriot, Feb. 16, 1826

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The two competing views reflected in this paragraph of text mirror a larger political transformation in which military officers were coming to be seen “as apolitical instrument[s] of public policy” rather than political actors like other public officials.


Tax Payers, Letter To The Editor, For The Statesman & Register, The Concord Statesman & Register, Feb. 14, 1826 Feb 1826

Tax Payers, Letter To The Editor, For The Statesman & Register, The Concord Statesman & Register, Feb. 14, 1826

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The letter noted that the Committee’s information had been “confirmed by Mr. Holmes of the Senate, who was counsel for this Capt. Kid.”


Isaac Hodsdon’S Case, N.H. Patriot, Jan. 16, 1826 Jan 1826

Isaac Hodsdon’S Case, N.H. Patriot, Jan. 16, 1826

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Against reimbursement of Hodsdon for his defense expenses.


Collection Of Personal Papers, Document Case 5035, Folder 37, New Hampshire State Archives - Letter From William Merchant Richardson To Josiah Butler, Dec. 7, 1816 Dec 1816

Collection Of Personal Papers, Document Case 5035, Folder 37, New Hampshire State Archives - Letter From William Merchant Richardson To Josiah Butler, Dec. 7, 1816

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Hodsdon ... had his lawyer, William Merchant Richardson (who had by now become Chief Justice), write a letter to State Representative (later Congressman) Josiah Butler, who had formerly clerked in his office.


In Re Hodsdon, Strafford County Superior Court Records 1814, Folder 38, Doc. 12, New Hampshire State Archives - Affidavit Of Jeremiah Eames Apr 1814

In Re Hodsdon, Strafford County Superior Court Records 1814, Folder 38, Doc. 12, New Hampshire State Archives - Affidavit Of Jeremiah Eames

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… took up his residence at [a] house [that] has been a common receptacle for Canadians and smugglers (the house of Jeremiah Eames).


To Isaac Hodsdon, The [Concord] Gazette, Apr. 5, 1814 Apr 1814

To Isaac Hodsdon, The [Concord] Gazette, Apr. 5, 1814

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A long and scathing response to [Hodsdon's) account was published as Letter to the Editor, “who invested you, most noble captain, with authority to act as Judge, Jury, and Executioner, upon these men?”


Isaac Hodsdon, Letter To The Editor, To The Public, N.H. Patriot, Mar. 29, 1814, At 3. Mar 1814

Isaac Hodsdon, Letter To The Editor, To The Public, N.H. Patriot, Mar. 29, 1814, At 3.

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He [Hodsdon] wrote to a newspaper several months later, he “posted sentinels at the forks and angles of roads for the purpose of detecting citizens who were in the nefarious practice of smuggling."


Capt. Hodgdon [Sic] – And Military Despotism, The [Windsor, Vt.] Washingtonian, Mar. 21, 1814 Mar 1814

Capt. Hodgdon [Sic] – And Military Despotism, The [Windsor, Vt.] Washingtonian, Mar. 21, 1814

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An account of the writ of habeas corpus ordering Hodsdon to produce.the prisoners.


Highly Interesting Communication, The Concord Gazette, Mar. 1, 1814 Mar 1814

Highly Interesting Communication, The Concord Gazette, Mar. 1, 1814

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An account of Hodsdon's arrest and imprisonment of Charles Hanson, Sanders Welch Cooper and Charles Hall.


In Re Hodsdon, Strafford County Superior Court Records 1814, Folder 38, Doc. 1, New Hampshire State Archives - Affidavit Of Joseph Loomis Feb 1814

In Re Hodsdon, Strafford County Superior Court Records 1814, Folder 38, Doc. 1, New Hampshire State Archives - Affidavit Of Joseph Loomis

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The affidavit of Joseph Loomis, a local judge,reported that he had been at the fort in January “and there saw imprisoned Austin Bissell a private citizen of the United States who has since been discharged.


In Re Hodsdon, Strafford County Superior Court Records 1814, Folder 38, Doc. 2, New Hampshire State Archives - Clerk's Endorsement Of Joseph Loomis Affidavit Feb 1814

In Re Hodsdon, Strafford County Superior Court Records 1814, Folder 38, Doc. 2, New Hampshire State Archives - Clerk's Endorsement Of Joseph Loomis Affidavit

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The affidavit of Joseph Loomis, a local judge,reported that he had been at the fort in January “and there saw imprisoned Austin Bissell a private citizen of the United States who has since been discharged.


Maine Historical Society, Coll. 8, Box 1/4 - Letter From T.H. Cushing To Isaac Hodsdon (Dec. 29, 1813) Dec 1813

Maine Historical Society, Coll. 8, Box 1/4 - Letter From T.H. Cushing To Isaac Hodsdon (Dec. 29, 1813)

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... General Thomas H. Cushing of the United States Army wrote from his headquarters in Boston to Captain Isaac Hodsdon … The act, laying an Embargo will justify you in stopping every person or thing which you may find in motion for the enemys country and you will not fail to make every exertion for carrying it into full and complete effect.