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Revolutionary War Pay Vouchers, Connecticut, 1782 and 1790

ANS, 1p,6.25 x 7.25 in. 14 Feb. 1782, for David Beecher, 28 pounds nine shillings for supplies. To John Lawrence, Treasurer; signed Finn Wadsworth  and Eleazer Wales. In Wadsworth's hand.

Capt. John Lawrence (1719-1802) was treasurer of the Colony and later the State of Connecticut from 1769 - 1789. During the war he was commissioner of loans for the new nation.

Finn Wadsworth (1750/1751 - 1785) had been a major under General James Wadsworth from 1776-1779. He saw action in many battles but his health began to fail and he had to leave field service. He remained in service to the United States and Connecticut by serving on the Pay-table.

Eleazer Wales (1732-1794) was a Yale graduate and Presbyterian minister. He served as a "Minuteman" at Lexington in 1775, then in Putnam's  regiment during the Siege of Boston. He also fought at Germantown, Fort Mifflin, and other battles and was with Washington at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777/1778.

Second is partially printed voucher, with State of Connecticut, Comptroller's-Office" at top. No. 779, Feb. 11, 1790. Pay "Peter Lewis One Pound fourteen shillings..." Signed by Ralph Pomeroy, Comptroller and Peter Colt, Treasurer, above crossed out printed previous treasurer's name (John Lawrence). Cancelled with large hole in center. Peter Colt (1748-1824) served as Connecticut state treasurer from 1790-1794 and paymaster in New England and eastern New York during the Revolutionary War. He was the grandfather of Samuel Colt, gun inventor and manufacturer. Ralph Pomeroy was paymaster of Connecticut for wages, expenses or losses as a result of the war.


Lower edge uneven where it was torn from larger sheet (as written). Slight staining associated with ink on verso.

Second very good, with a few stray ink marks from contact with another page at the time it was written.


Estimate: $150 - $300
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