Revolutionary War Connecticut, 1779 £1000 Promissory Note Signed by Oliver Wolcott, Sr., Signer of t

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Revolutionary War Connecticut, 1779 £1000 Promissory Note Signed by Oliver Wolcott, Sr., Signer of t

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Hartford, Connecticut, 1779. Promissory note to pay Chauncey Whittelsey £1000 high denomination note and "charge the state" dated February 2nd, 1779. Signed by Oliver Wolcott Sr. (November 20, 1726 Ð December 1, 1797), he was an American politician. He was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence and also of the Articles of Confederation as a representative of Connecticut and the nineteenth Governor of Connecticut. He was a major general for the Connecticut Militia in the Revolutionary War serving under George Washington. It is also signed by Pay-Table Committee members, John Chenward and Fenn Wadsworth, and with Connecticut Treasurer John Lawrence's name at bottom left corner. Promissory Notes like this were issued by the State of Connecticut to help finance the Revolutionary War. The Pay-Table (also known as the Committee of Four) managed Connecticut's military finances during the ongoing conflict. Chauncey Whittelsey (likely 1746-1812, but could be his father of the same name, who lived from 1717-1787 and was also active during the war) was appointed by the state to be the active purchasing clothier during the Revolutionary War. In May of 1782 Whittelsey was appointed quartermaster-general of the militia, and his name appears in many records of the time. John Lawrence (1719-1802) was the treasurer of the Connecticut colony, and later the Connecticut State Treasurer, serving in his role from 1769 to 1789. During the Revolutionary War, Lawrence was commissioner of loans for the new nation. Fenn Wadsworth (1750/51-1785) 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. Wadsworth stayed in Connecticut's government, as shown by his membership to the Pay-Table Committee. Black handwriting with some toning and fold lines, in incredible VF to XF condition for its age. Fascinating piece of history from Revolutionary America.