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G.  Inspector Franklin Recommends Removal of Gilleys (Dec 10, 1853)

REPRODUCED AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

PORTLAND ME. DEC. 10, 1853.

SIR:

IT HAS BECOME NECESSARY FOR ME TO CALL THE ATTENTION OF
THE BOARD TO THE FACT THAT BAKER'S ISLAND IN THIS STATE WHICH IS OWNED
BY THE UNITED STATES AS A LIGHT HOUSE SITE IS NON OCCUPIED BY TWO MEN
NAMED GILLEY, AND THAT THE LIGHT HOUSE KEEPER IS ALMOST ENTIRELY DEBAR-
RED FROM THE USE OF THE LAND, AND FROM FREE ACCESS TO HIS LANDING PLACE,
AND THAT QUARRELS ARE CONTINUALLY TAKING PLACE BETWEEN HIM AND THESE MEN.
EACH ONE OF THEM HAS A HOUSE ON THE ISLAND AND LATELY A THIRD FAMILY HAS
MOVED THERE.  THEY ALLOW CATTLE TO GRAZE THERE, AND RECEIVE MONEY FOR
THE USE OF THE LAND WHICH THE LIGHT KEEPER IS ENTITLED TO IF ANY ONE IS.

THEY HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO LEAVE REPEATEDLY BUT HAVE ALWAYS
REFUSED TO GO THREATENING TO USE FORCE, AND ARE VERY ABUSIVE.

THEY ARE SONS OF A FORMER KEEPER OF THE LIGHT HOUSE, WHO FROM
THE BEST INFORMATION I CAN GATHER LIVED SEVENTEEN YEARS ON THE ISLAND
BEFORE IT WAS PURCHASED BY THE UNITED STATES, AND WHEN THE LIGHT HOUSE
WAS FINISHED WAS APPOINTED KEEPER. HE HELD THE POSITION UNTIL 1849
WHEN HE WAS REMOVED. HE THEN LEFT THE ISLAND, BUT HIS SONS WHO HAVE
ALWAYS LIVED THERE, REMAINED, AND THERE REMAIN NOW.

I THINK IT VERY NECESSARY TO HAVE THEM REMOVED FOR THEY ARE
A CONTINUAL SOURCE OF TROUBLE TO EVERY ONE CONNECTED WITH THE LIGHT
HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT WHO HAS BUSINESS AT THE ISLAND.

I THEREFORE REQUEST THAT THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY BE AUTHORIZED
TO TAKE SUCH MEASURES FOR THEIR EJECTMENT AS MAY BE NECESSARY. THEIR
HOUSES ALSO SHOULD BE TAKEN DOWN, AND I BELIEVE THAT THE PRESENCE OF THE
REVENUE CUTTER WILL BE REQUIRED TO HAVE THE BUSINESS THOROUGHLY DONE.

VERY RESPECTFULLY
YR. OBDT. SERVT.
:SIGNED: W. B. FRANKLIN
L. H. INSPECTOR.

 

LIEUT. T. A. JENKINS
SEC. L. H. BOARD
WASHINGTON
D.C.

[everything on this page is apparently a modern typed transcript of the original letter]

 

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