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CHIEF JUSTICE OLIVER ELLSWORTH - MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED 10/27/1777 CO-SIGNED BY: WILLIAM HINSDALE - HFSID 155413

 

OLIVER ELLSWORTH, CO-SIGNED BY: WILLIAM HINSDALE
Ellsworth signed this document in order to pay Hindsale £8:2:0 in 1777.
Manuscript document signed "O Ellsworth" and, on verso, "Wm Hinsdale". 2 pages, 8¼x6, 1 sheet, front and verso. Oct. 27, 1777. Ellsworth signed this document, addressed to John Lawrence, Treasurer, in order to pay Hinsdale £8:2:0 of Connecticut's money. We don't know what this payment was for, or why Ellsworth was giving this money to Hinsdale. Hinsdale's signature appears under two lines of handwritten notes on page 2, but those notes are illegible. We do know that Ellsworth was Connecticut state attorney for Hartford County in 1777. He also Ellsworth served on the Pay-Table, the Connecticut Committee of Four that handled all of the military finances for the colony of Connecticut during the American Revolution. However, payments from the Pay-Table needed to be authorized with signatures from three of the committee's four members; this document has only Ellsworth's siganture. 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 George 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, stained, soiled and creased. Ellsworth's signature is lightly smeared but legible. Light show-through from writing on both sides, which touch Hinsdale's signature but not Ellsworth. Random ink stains. Irregular edges. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.


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CHIEF JUSTICE OLIVER ELLSWORTH   WILLIAM HINSDALE  


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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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