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Oliver Ellsworth

Revolutionary War-dated document in which Ellsworth authorizes a payment

Oliver Ellsworth, 1745–1807.  Drafter of the United States Constitution; Chief Justice of the United States, 1796–1800.  Manuscript Document Signed, O Ellsworth, one page (recto and verso), 8½" x 6", Hartford, Connecticut, October 29, 1777. 

As a member of the Committee of the Pay Table, which handled Connecticut's military finances during the Revolutionary War, Ellsworth authorizes John Lawrence, Treasurer, to pay "Silas Dickson" ₤11.14s.8p. for an unspecified purpose.  The receipt on the verso is signed by Silas Euston.  Ellsworth has signed with a 2¼" signature. 

The document has two horizontal folds and is slightly irregularly trimmed at the left and bottom.  Ink from the verso shows through slightly, but not as much as the scan below suggests, and does not interfere with Ellsworth's signature. The piece is in fine condition overall and a nice example of Ellsworth's signature.

The document is richly double matted in evergreen suede with an inlaid gilt wood fillet and a detailed engraved brass identification plate.  It is framed in a bronze and gilt wood frame.



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