OLIVER WOLCOTT JR. - PROMISSORY NOTE SIGNED 06/01/1785 CO-SIGNED BY: ELEAZER WALES, CONNECTICUT REVOLUTIONARY WAR, HEZEKIAH ROGERS - HFSID 101521
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OLIVER WOLCOTT, JR., CO-SIGNED BY: ELEAZER WALES, HEZEKIAH ROGERS
1785 Connecticut Pay-Table promissory note to the Stamford Selectmen for £10:0:0, signed by Oliver Wolcott, Jr. and two other members of Connecticut's Pay-Table during the American Revolutionary War
Promissory note signed "Eleazer Wales" and "Oliver Wolcott" as members of the Pay-Table Committee and "Hez Rogers". 5¾x4 , docketed on verso. June 1, 1785. State of Connecticut Pay-Table promissory note payable to the Stamford Selectment for £10:0:0 "out of the Tax of One Shilling on the Pound, granted in January 1783, and charge the State." 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 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. 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 thefirst President of the Bank of North America (1812-1814) andGovernor of Connecticut (1817-1827). WALES (1732-1794) was a Yale graduate and Presbyterian Minister. In addition to his public service on the Connecticut Pay-Table, he was for a time a Justice of the Peace in Hartford. ROGERS (1738-1814) was a member of Connecticut's Pay-Table, which was responsible for the colony's military expenditures during the Revolutionary War, and was an aide-de-camp to General Jedediah Huntington during that war. Lightly toned, foxed and creased. Signatures cross. Rogers' signature is faint but legible. Light show-through from docket, which does not touch signatures. Irregular left edge. Otherwise in fine condition.
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