FENN WADSWORTH - MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED 05/17/1782 CO-SIGNED BY: WILLIAM MOSELEY - HFSID 1950
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FENN WADSWORTH and WILLIAM MOSELEY
Fenn Wadsworth and William Moseley, members of Connecticut's Committee of the Pay Table during the American Revolutionary War, signed this document in 1782 to pay for 26 pounds, 11 shillings and nine pence worth of supplies for the Connecticut Army.
Manuscript Document signed: "William Moseley" and "Fenn Wadsworth" as Members of the Committee, 1p, 6½x5¼. State of Connecticut, Pay-Table Office, No place, 1782 May 17. To state Treasurer John Lawrence, Esq. In full: "Please to secure to Mr. Joshua Sabin the payment of Twenty six pounds, Eleven shillings and nine pence - it being for supplies furnished the Cont. Army - and charge the State." Docketed on verso. 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. 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. 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. WADSWORTH (1750 or 1751-1785, born in Farmington, Connecticut) was a brigade major to General James Wadsworth from 1776 to 1779. He fought in many battles during that time, but his failing health forced him to leave active service. He stayed in Connecticut's government, however, and was a member of the state's Pay-Table, which was responsible for military expenditures during the Revolutionary War. MOSELEY (1755-1824) served in the Connecticut state senate (1822-1824). Lightly soiled. Irregularly cut. Vertical fold runs through Wadsworth signature. Overall, fine condition.
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