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Cyprian Southack – Item 3 of 5

Wells
Phillip Wells. This Harbour of Boston with Soundings Without & Comings Within…, [1686-89?]
Phillip Wells served as New York Surveyor General and was then appointed by Governor Andros to the same post in New England. Unlike Cyprian Southack’s chart, this effort compiled by Wells is impressively accurate in defining the position and shape of Boston, the major harbor islands, and the main shipping channel. The chart was found by a dealer in a group of papers of the Penn family of Pennsylvania, sold in 1871 to famed Americana collector George Brinley, and acquired thereafter by the Boston Public Library.

 

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