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CONNECTICUT REVOLUTIONARY WAR - PROMISSORY NOTE SIGNED 12/26/1781 CO-SIGNED BY: WILLIAM MOSELEY, FENN WADSWORTH, RALPH POMEROY, SAMUEL WYLLYS - HFSID 173565

 
AMERICAN REVOLUTION. Partly Printed DS: "William Mosely", "Fenn Wadsworth" and "Sam Wyllys", 1p, 6½x4. Pay-Table Office, Hartford, Connecticut, 1781 December 26. To John Lawrence, Esq., Treasurer. In full: "Pay unto Ralph Pomeroy, Esq; D.Q.M. or Order, Seven Pounds-Lawful Silver Money, out of the Tax of Two Shillings and Six Pence on the Pound, granted by the General Assembly in May last, and charge the State." Endorsed on verso: "Ralph Pomeroy/D.Q.M." This note was issued to Ralph Pomeroy, who served as a Military Paymaster, for wages, reimbursement for expenses or loss due to damages during the Revolutionary War. Two months earlier, British General Cornwallis surrendered to General Washington at Yorktown. The war officially ended on September 3, 1783, by the Treaty of Paris whereby Britain recognized American independence. The military finances for the colony of Connecticut were handled by the Pay-Table, also known as the Committee of Four, during the American Revolution. The Pay-Table's members were rotated. The signatures of three of the four members of the Pay-Table were required for an order to pay. During the American Revolution, SAMUEL WYLLYS (1739-1823) led a regiment in the siege of Boston. Fort Wyllys was named in his honor. His signature has been penned vertically through the other two signatures. Financing the Revolution laid a heavy burden upon each colony, especially those which balked at levying taxes. In order to meet immediate needs, such as wages, the colonies relied upon wealthy revolutionists, foreign loans, and taxes and gifts from abroad. Connecticut issued promissory notes such as this, which required three of the four members to sign. Issuing paper money was only a temporary solution, and worthless without specie or gold and silver backing. The United States established its standard monetary system in 1791. Folds, slightly shaded.


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CONNECTICUT REVOLUTIONARY WAR   WILLIAM MOSELEY   FENN WADSWORTH   RALPH POMEROY   SAMUEL WYLLYS  


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WILLIAM MOSELEY
Born: June 20, 1755 in Hampton, Connecticut
Died: June 1, 1824 in Hartford, Connecticut



FENN WADSWORTH
Born: Circa 1750 in Farmington, Connecticut
Died: June 21, 1785 in Saratoga, New York



RALPH POMEROY
Born: 12/8/1737 in Hebron, Connecticut
Died: March 19, 1819 in Connecticut





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