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CHIEF JUSTICE OLIVER ELLSWORTH - MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED 01/17/1778 CO-SIGNED BY: JAMES CHURCH, AUGUSTUS COLLINS - HFSID 48639

 

OLIVER ELLSWORTH, CO-SIGNED BY: EZEKIEL WILLIAMS
Oliver Ellsworth and Ezekiel Williams signed this document to pay Captain Augustus Collins in 1778.
Manuscript document signed "James Church" and "O Ellsworth" as "Comtee" and, on verso, "Augustus Collins". 7¾x6½, docketed on verso. Hartford, Connecticut, Jan. 17, 1778. Ellsworth and Church signed this document to pay Captain 350 pounds, 12 shillings and 10 pence. Ellsworth and Church 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. 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. COLLINS was a member of the 2nd Battalion of Connecticut's militia. Lightly toned and foxed. Show-through from docket touches Ellsworth and Church's signatures. Collin's signature touches docket. Tears at top edge. Light nick at bottom edge. Folded once vertically and twice horizontally and unfolded. Folds and creases (not at signature). Pinhead-sized holes where folds touch. Separations along folds at left and right edges. Otherwise in fine condition.


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CHIEF JUSTICE OLIVER ELLSWORTH   JAMES CHURCH   AUGUSTUS COLLINS  


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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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