FENN WADSWORTH - MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED 05/28/1779 CO-SIGNED BY: SAMUEL WYLLYS, JAMES CHURCH - HFSID 1975
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FENN WADSWORTH, SAMUEL WYLLYS and JAMES
Fenn Wadsworth, James Church and Samuel Wyllys, members of Connecticut's Committee of the Pay Table during the American Revolutionary War, signed this document in 1779 to pay for someone 60 pounds.
Manuscript document signed "Eleazer Wales" and "Fenn Wadsworth"as "Comtee" and "Sam Wyllys Auditor".2 pages, 7¾x6¼, 1 sheet, front and verso with docket on page 2. May 29, 1779. Wadsworth and Wales signed this document to pay Japhet Brickman 60 pounds. Wadsworth and Wales 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. 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 and General Samuel Wyllys, son of Governor George Wyllys. 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. WYLLYS (1739-1823) was a colonel who led a regiment in the siege of Boston during the American Revolutionary War. Fort Wyllys, at New York's West Point, was named in his honor. He succeeded his father George Wyllys as Secretary of Connecticut from 1796 to 1809. George Wyllys had succeeded his father Hezekiah Wyllys as state Secretary, meaning that this position was held by three generations of the same family for a total of 98 years. Lightly toned. Show-through from docket touches signatures. Manuscript writing is smeared in places but is legible. Light nicks at left and right edge. Light tear at left edge. Irregular left edge. Folded twice horizontally and once vertically and unfolded. Pinholes where folds meet, which touch manuscript writing but not signature. Otherwise in fine condition.
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