Pair of Revolutionary War era Documents, PLUS

Lot of 3, including two Revolutionary War-era documents related to the Continental Army.

Manuscript document, 1p, 8.25 x 6.75 in., framed to 16.75 x 19 in., Windham, Connecticut. November 15, 1776. Document attests to the quality of saltpetre (potassium nitrate) to be used in the production of gunpowder. Offered to the Windham Powder Mill for use in producing ammunition for the Continental Army by Inspector Eleazar Wright of Mansfield, who notes that the saltpetre is pure, clean, and dry, free form any corrupt mixture.

The Windham Powder Mill was established in 1776 by Jedediah Elderkin and Nathaniel Wales at the urging of the Governor of Connecticut. In conjunction with a second mill in East Hartford, the Windham Powder Mill filled a vital role as a key producer of gunpowder for the Revolutionary War.

Huntington, Jedidiah (1743-1818) and Fenn Wadsworth (ca. 1750-1785). American officers in the Continental Army. ADS, 1p, 8 x 6.5 in., framed to 17.25 x 18.75 in., Canaan, Connecticut. January 9, 1783. Certification of Provision tax collected for soldiers’ necessities signed by Huntington and Wadsworth and received by John Lawrence as Connecticut Treasurer.

Also with eighteenth-century manuscript notebook containing various mathematical rules, word problems, equations, and calculations, many relating to weights and measures. Boldly inscribed as belonging to Harry Winships of Hartford, Connecticut, 1799. Headings include "Conjoined Proportion," "Subtraction & Vulgar Fractions," "Double Rule of Three," "Rule of Three Interest," "Equation of Payments," and "Interest," all penned in calligraphic style. Ciphering books often emphasized mercantile subjects such as the calculation of interest, as well as bartering and surveying and were intended for use throughout the students' academic and professional careers.


Documents not examined outside frames.

Estimate: $200 - $300
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