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CHIEF JUSTICE OLIVER ELLSWORTH - MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED 04/11/1776 CO-SIGNED BY: MAYOR THOMAS SEYMOUR, COLONEL WILLIAM DOUGLAS - HFSID 168321

 

OLIVER ELLSWORTH, CO-SIGNED BY: THOMAS SEYMOUR and WILLIAM DOUGLAS
Oliver Ellsworth and Ezekiel Williams signed this document in 1776 to pay £1200.9.2 to Major William Douglas as commander and paymaster of a company of Connecticut troops. This was signed less than eight months before Douglas' death.
Manuscript document signed "T Seymour" and "O. Ellsworth" as "Comtee" and, on verso, "Wm Douglas". 2 pages, 8x4¾, 1 sheet, front and verso with docket on page 2. Sept. 11, 1776. Ellsworth and Seymour signed this document to pay £1200.9.2 to Douglas as paymaster of the 6th Company of the 1st Connecticut Regiment, which he also commanded. Ellsworth and Williams served on Connecticut's Committee of the Pay Table during the American Revolutionary War and were two of the five men who supervised Connecticut's war expenditures. The Pay-Table's members were rotated. The signatures of three of the members of the Pay-Table were required for an order to pay. ELLSWORTH (1745-1807, born in Windsor, Connecticut) represented Connecticut in the Continental Congress from 1777 to 1784 and was a Judge of the Connecticut Superior Court from 1785 to 1789. A delegate to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, he helped broker the "Connecticut Compromise", which broke the impasse between large and small states over representation in Congress. He was one of Connecticut's first two U.S. Senators, serving from 1789 to March 8, 1796, when he resigned, having been appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by President Washington. While in Congress, he drafted the Judiciary Act of 1789, which organized the federal judiciary system. He retired from the Court in 1799. SEYMOUR (1735-1829, born in Hartford, Connecticut) was a colonel with the Volunteer Connecticut Light Horse during the Revolutionary War and was the first mayor of Hartford, Connecticut (1774-1812). DOUGLAS (1742-1777, born in Plainfield, Connecticut) was a veteran of the French and Indian War and raised the 6th Company of the 1st Connecticut Regiment during the Revolutionary War. He began the American Revolutionary War as a captain fo the 6th Company and rose to colonel of Connecticut's 5th Battalion. This was despite the facts that his troops were ill-equipped for battle and retreated in a rout during the landing of British troops at Kips Bay, New York on Sept. 15, 1776. Douglas participated in the Lake George and Lake Champlain campaigns and participated in the Battle of White Plains, Oct. 28, 1776. However, he had to return home due to ill health, where he died. Irregular, chipped edges. Light show-through from docket, which touches Ellsworth's signature. Folds and creases (not at signature). Separations at edges along horizontal fold. Otherwise in fine condition.


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CHIEF JUSTICE OLIVER ELLSWORTH   MAYOR THOMAS SEYMOUR   COLONEL WILLIAM DOUGLAS  


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CHIEF JUSTICE OLIVER ELLSWORTH
Born: April 29, 1745 in Windsor, Connecticut
Died: November 26, 1807 in Windsor, Connecticut





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