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CHIEF JUSTICE OLIVER ELLSWORTH - MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED 01/16/1778 CO-SIGNED BY: EZEKIEL WILLIAMS, JAMES CHURCH - HFSID 168329

OLIVER ELLSWORTH, CO-SIGNED BY: EZEKIEL WILLIAMS and JAMES CHURCH Oliver Ellsworth and James Church signed this document in 1778 to pay £250 to Ezekiel Williams, a fellow member of Connecticut's Committee of the Pay-Table.

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OLIVER ELLSWORTH, CO-SIGNED BY: EZEKIEL WILLIAMS and JAMES CHURCH
Oliver Ellsworth and James Church signed this document in 1778 to pay £250 to Ezekiel Williams, a fellow member of Connecticut's Committee of the Pay-Table.
Manuscript document signed "James Church" and "O Ellsworth" and, on verso, "Ezekiel Williams". 2 pages, 8¼x6¼, 1 sheet, front and verso with docket on page 2. Hartford, Connecticut, Jan. 16, 1778. Ellsworth and Williams signed this document to pay £250 to Ezekiel Williams. The reason is partially illegible. 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. Williams was also a member of the Pay-Table but signed as the recipient of the money and not as a Pay-Table member. 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. WILLIAMS (1729-1818) was a successful Wethersfield, Connecticut merchant who served throughout the war as Commissary of Prisoners held in Connecticut. He was a member of the Committee of the Pay Table for Connecticut from 1775 and sheriff of Hartford County from 1767 to 1789. Irregular edges. Light show-through touches Williams' signature. Folds and creases (not at signature). Light separations along folds. Otherwise in fine condition.

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