OLIVER WOLCOTT JR. - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 12/16/1794 - HFSID 177324
Sale Price $488.75
OLIVER WOLCOTT, JR.
Oliver Wolcott, Jr. signed this manuscript letter in 1794, when he was Comptroller of the United States' Treasury, to acknowledge the receipt of an abstract of ship licenses.
Manuscript letter signed "Oliv Wolcott Jr". 1 page, 8x10. Treasury Department, Comptroller's Office, March 1, 1794. Addressed to William Webb, Esq. In full: "Sir, I have received your letter of Feby 5th with an Abstract of Licences issued to coasting & fishing vessels at your Office in January 1794." Wolcott (1760-1833, born in Litchfield, Connecticut), son and namesake of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and a former attorney and militiaman, was named to the Pay-Table in 1782, overseeing Connecticut's war expenditures. In May 1784, he was commissioned to adjust the claims of the state against the U.S. government, then named Comptroller of public accounts in 1788. He was auditor of the U.S. Treasury (1789-1791), then Comptroller of that Department (1791-1795). On February 2, 1795, he succeeded Alexander Hamilton as President Washington's Secretary of the Treasury, a position he held until November 8, 1800, when he resigned from the Adams administration. Wolcott later served as the first President of the Bank of North America (1812-1814) and Governor of Connecticut (1817-1827). Lightly toned, stained and creased. Light dents along left edge. Folded twice vertically and thrice horizontally. Lightly torn and nicked at right edge. Otherwise in fine condition.
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