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CHIEF JUSTICE OLIVER ELLSWORTH - MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED 09/27/1777 CO-SIGNED BY: JOHN CHENWARD, NATHANIEL WEBB - HFSID 1945

 

OLIVER ELLSWORTH, CO-SIGNED BY: JOHN CHENWARD , NATHANIEL WEBB
This pay slip was signed by future Constitutional Convention delegate Oliver Ellsworth and John Chenard to pay Connecticut Capt. Nathaniel Webb £20/14/0 in 1777.
Manuscript document signed "John Chenward" and "O Ellsworth", both as members of "Comtte", and, on page 2, "Nat. Webb". 2 pages, 8½x6, 1 sheet front and verso. Docketed on page 2. Sept. 27. 1777. This document was drawn up "To pay Capt. Nath. Webb Twenty pound fourteen Shillings Lawful Money." This document was written one day after British Gen. William Howe marched unopposed into Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and about two weeks before the decisive Battle of Bemis Heights in New York on Oct. 7, which resulted in surrender of British Gen. John Burgoyne's army of 9,000 troops. CHENWARD was a member of the Committee of the Pay-Table. The "Pay-Table" was the Connecticut Committee of Four that handled all of the military finances for the colony of Connecticut during the American Revolution. The Pay-Table consisted of four men, whose members were rotated during the lengthy confrontation with England. Promissory notes, which required the signature of three of the four members of the Pay-Table, were issued for loans. WEBB (1737-1814, born in Windham, Windham county) commanded a company of the Fourth Connecticut Regiment under Col. John Durkee in the American Revolutionary War. He retired a colonel in 1781. 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. Lightly toned and creased. Show-through from handwriting on both sides, which touches Webb's signature. Irregular edges. Random ink stains. Folded once vertically and twice horizontally. Otherwise in fine condition.


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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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