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CHIEF JUSTICE OLIVER ELLSWORTH - MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED 06/18/1777 CO-SIGNED BY: EZEKIEL WILLIAMS, CHARLES WEBB - HFSID 101881

 

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OLIVER ELLSWORTH
Oliver Ellsworth signs a manuscript document to pay Colonael Charles Webb that has been bound in a leather and felt portfolio, 10x12¾ when closed.
Manuscript Document Signed: "O Ellsworth" and "Ez: Williams" as members of the Committee, 2p, 8x4¼, front and verso (made to show both sides). Hartford, 1777 June 18. To "Jno. Laurence Esq. Treasurer". Begins: "Sir". In full: "Pay to Col. Charles Webb an order the sum of Twenty one pounds, Nine Shillings & six pence for Sundry to pay the Julain by Junior Solician in Capt. Hulf Company this first Webb night. ". Endorsed on verso: "Recd June 18th 1777 Twenty One pounds Nine Shillings & Six pence Contents Charles Webb ". Docketed on verso: "Col Charles Webb Order Capt Tere Halsey Datd 18th June 1777 Audited Sept 1, 1777 F Greadee". Bound in a leather and felt portfolio, 10x12¾ when closed, with two unsigned items: a photo of Ellsworth (b/w, 5¾x8) and a metal plaque (5x7) summarizing Ellsworth's achievements. As a member of the "Pay-Table" Committee, which handled all of the military finances for the colony of Connecticut, OLIVER ELLSWORTH (1745-1807), who was elected State's Attorney for Hartford County, Connecticut in the year he signed this document, began his service with the Continental Congress the following year. During his term (1778-1783), Ellsworth is acknowledged as the co-author (with Roger Sherman) of the Connecticut Compromise that ended the controversy regarding government delegates. The Compromise proposal allowed for the two-house system with equal state delegates in the Senate and population-proportioned representatives in the House. Two years later, Ellsworth, a U.S. Senator from Connecticut (1789-1796), drafted the Judiciary Act of 1789, which is the basis of the federal judicial system. On March 4, 1796, President George Washington appointed Ellsworth as the third Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1796-1800). EZEKIEL WILLIAMS (1729-1818) served throughout the war as Commissary of Prisoners held in Connecticut. Lightly creased with folds, not at signatures. Lightly soiled, stray ink marks. Light show through of writing on verso. Overall, fine condition.


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CHIEF JUSTICE OLIVER ELLSWORTH   EZEKIEL WILLIAMS   CHARLES WEBB  


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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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