Revolutionary War Promissory Note, Connecticut 1779, Signed by Fenn Wadsworth

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Revolutionary War Promissory Note, Connecticut 1779, Signed by Fenn Wadsworth

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Connecticut, 1779. Handwritten promissory note to pay Chauncey Whittelsey 500 Pounds and "charge the state" dated February 2nd, 1779. Signed by Committee of the Pay-Table members John Chenward and Fenn Wadsworth, and Connecticut Treasurer John Lawrence. Promissory Notes like this were issued by the State of Connecticut help to finance the Revolutionary War. Military finances in the state of Connecticut were managed by the Pay-Table, which was also known as the Committee of Four during the Revolutionary War. Chauncey Whittelsey (likely 1746-1812, but could be his father with 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) served as treasurer of the Connecticut colony, and later as the Connecticut State Treasurer from 1769 to 1789, spanning the crucial period of colonial rule, through the American revolution, and into the early years of the United States. 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. Fascinating piece of early American history. VF condition for its age.