Jonathan Trumbull and Oliver Wolcott Manuscript Document Signed "Jon Trumbull" as governor of Connecticut and endorsed by "Oliver Wolcott". One page, 7½" x 3", July 1, 1776, Lebanon [Connecticut], being a receipt for funds issued to raise a company of ship's carpenters. In part: "Received of Mr. Caleb Abel, Constable of Lebanon the Sum Twenty six pounds Eight Shillings... [to] be used for raising a Company of Ship Carpenters." On June 27, 1775, Congress established the Northern Army under the command of Major General Philip Schuyler. In 1776, Congress ordered Gen. Schuyler to construct a fleet of ships intended to impede British advance southward on Lake Champlain. This first U.S. Naval fleet of 13 ships was constructed at Skenesborough, N.Y., at the southern end of Lake Champlain, during the summer of 1776. Led by Gen. Benedict Arnold, the action of the fleet at the Battle of Valcour Island in Lake Champlain, October 11-13, 1776, delayed British plans for a land invasion from Canada. The Americans used the time to equip and train the Army. The next British invasion attempted was at Saratoga, N.Y., in 1777. The U.S. victory at Saratoga was a major factor in influencing France to send the French Navy across the Atlantic to help the new republic. Very fine condition, with gentle toning and some showthrough from docketing on verso.

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