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The July 8-9, 2017 Manuscript, Space, Collectibles & Stamp Auction

U.S. Cabinet Officers
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Lot 149
Wolcott, Oliver Jr. - Four (4) Revolutionary-War Pay Orders. Wolcott (1760-1833) served in the Continental Army (1777-79), became the second US Secretary of the Treasury (1795-1800) and was the 24th Governor of Connecticut (1817-1827). Four partly-printed documents signed "Oliv: Wolcott Jun." as Commissioner of Connecticut's Pay-Table Committee, 5¾ x 6¾". Directed to Connecticut Treasurer John Lawrence, three are dated March 6, 1783 and order payments to Brigadier General David Waterbury of forty two pounds seven shillings and eight pence, six pounds eighteen shillings, and six pounds eighteen shillings "out of the Tax of One Shilling on the Pound, granted in January last, and charge the State."The fourth note directs Lawrence to pay General John Mead eight pounts eleven shillings and five pence. Receipts printed on laid paper with bold signatures. All four are countersigned by Eleazer Wales and (General Jedidiah) Huntington, the latter signing vertically across the other two. All four pay orders are printed on laid paper and have a decorative border. There are a few marginal edge splits and one is split most of the way across the horizontal fold; otherwise, in fine condition. All have bold signatures. With no federal government to levy taxes, Revolutionary War expenses were a heavy burden for the colonies. Promissory notes such as these were often issued. Estimate Value $500 - 800
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