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    Oliver Ellsworth July 1776 Autograph Document Signed Payment to a captain for a regiment being raised to fight in Canada, ordering the "colony" of Connecticut to be charged, a day after the colony became a state. Signed, "O. Ellsworth," as member of the Committee, one page, 8" x 6.5". Hartford, July 5, 1776. To John Lawrence, Treasurer of Connecticut. In full: "Pay Capt. Elijah Beach, as Paymaster of his own Company now raising for Continental Service in Canada - Eight Hundred & Fifty two pounds - & charge the Colony." On verso, manuscript document signed, "Elijah Beach." In full: "Recd 5 July 1776 of Treasurer Laurence Eight Hundred Fifty Two pounds being the Contents." Ellsworth, who had moved to Hartford in 1775, served on the Pay-Table, the Connecticut Committee of Four that handled all of the military finances for the colony of Connecticut during the American Revolution. Unknown to him, the 13 American colonies had declared their independence from England a day earlier in Philadelphia. Ellsworth later served in the Continental Congress (1777-1784), was Connecticut's first U.S. Senator (1789-1796) and became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (1796-1800). While Senator, Ellsworth was Chairman of the committee that drew up the Judiciary Act of 1789 that organized the Federal judiciary, and it was Ellsworth who submitted to the Senate floor the amendments to the Constitution that became the Bill of Rights. Light show through from verso. Overall, fine condition. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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