CONNECTICUT REVOLUTIONARY WAR - PROMISSORY NOTE SIGNED 02/18/1782 CO-SIGNED BY: WILLIAM MOSELEY, FENN WADSWORTH, GENERAL JEDIDIAH HUNTINGTON - HFSID 173726
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CONNECTICUT NOTE. Partly Printed DS: "William Moseley" and "Fenn Wadsworth" as Members of the Committee, 1p, 6x3½. State of Connecticut, Pay-Table Office, Hartford, 1782 February 18. To state Treasurer John Lawrence, Esq. In full: "Pay unto Ralph Pomeroy, Esq., D. Q. M. or Order, Eight Pounds in 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." Also signed: "J. Huntington" across the signatures of the other Committee members. 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. 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 (1775-1783). Pay-Table members rotated during the lengthy confrontation with England, and included such notables as jurist Oliver Ellsworth, attorney Oliver Wolcott, Jr. (a future U.S. Secretary of the Treasury), Hezekiah Rogers (an aide de camp to General JEDIDIAH HUNTINGTON, who was also a member), WILLIAM MOSELEY, FENN WADSWORTH, Eleazer Wales and General Samuel Wyllys, son of Governor George Wyllys. Huntington (1743-1818), a Harvard graduate with a Masters from Yale, joined the Continental Army outside Boston one week after the Battle of Lexington (1775). He commanded a Connecticut brigade throughout the Revolutionary War, being promoted to Brigadier at George Washington's personal request. After the war, Huntington engaged in private business and served in local offices before being appointed Collector of Customs for New London, Connecticut - then the gateway for Connecticut River commerce - by President Washington (1789), holding that post through four administrations until shortly before his death. He was a delegate to the state convention that ratified the U.S. Constitution and a founding member of the Society of Cincinnatus, an association of Revolutionary War officers. Moseley (1755-1824) later served in the Connecticut state senate (1822-1824). Financing the Revolution laid a heavy burden upon each colony, especially those that 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. Issuing paper money was only a temporary solution, and worthless without specie or gold and silver backing. The U.S. would establish its standard monetary system in 1791. Lightly creased with folds, vertical fold nicks the "W" in Wadsworth, horizontal fold at Moseley's signature and the "nt" of Huntington. Transference of type from being folded touches writing. Light show through of writing on verso (not windowed to show verso). Overall, fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 17¼x19½.
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