Document Signed by Oliver Ellsworth as Commissioner of the Pay Table. One page, 7 x 6.25", Hartford, CT, January 1777. An American lawyer and politician, Ellsworth was a revolutionary against British rule, a drafter of the United States Constitution, and the third Chief Justice of the United States. Oliver Ellsworth was a busy man in 1777. Not only was he named Connecticut's state attorney for Hartford County, he was also chosen one of Connecticut's representatives in the Continental Congress. In 1777 he joined the Committee of Appeals, a forerunner of the Federal Supreme Court. In addition, Ellsworth was very active in his state's efforts during the Revolution serving as a member of the Committee of the Pay Table which supervised Connecticut's war expenditures. Offered here is a document signed by Ellsworth, which authorizes the treasury to compensate various individuals "for the Purchase & Premium on Salt Petre," the key component in making gun powder. Document is sharp and clean with a large, attractive signature. Docketed on verso. Very fine.

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