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Item name: 1783 State of Connecticut Pay-Table Draft
Summary: Issued to Capt. Eleazar Prentice in 1783, signed by Eleazer Wales and William Moseley as members of the Committee.
Description: The military finances for the colony of Connecticut were handled by the Pay-Table, also known as the Committee of Four, during the American Revolution (1775-1784). Pay-Table members rotated during the lengthy confrontation with England, and included such notables as jurist Oliver Ellsworth, attorney Oliver Wolcott, Jr. (a future U.S. Secretary of the Treasury), Hezekiah Rogers (an aide de camp to General Jedidiah Huntington, who was also a member), William Moseley, Fenn Wadsworth, Eleazer Wales and General Samuel Wyllys, son of Governor George Wyllys. Financing the Revolution laid a heavy burden upon each colony, especially those which balked at levying taxes. In order to meet immediate needs, such as wages, the colonies relied upon wealthy revolutionists, foreign loans, and taxes and gifts from abroad. Connecticut issued promissory notes such as this. Issuing paper money was only a temporary solution, and worthless without specie or gold and silver backing. (Description from scripophily.net.)

» Transcription below.

Date: 1783-03-22
Location: US, CT
Collections: Numismatics
Transcription: 
No 22.
STATE OF CONNECTICUT
PAY-TABLE OFFICE, March 22d 1783
Sir,
PAY Capt. Eleazer Prentice Four Pounds
One Shilling & Eight Pence Lawful money
out of the Tax of One Shilling on the Pound,
granted in January last, and charge the State.
£ 4.1.8

  Eleazer Wales
  William Moseley

John Lawrence, Esq; Treasurer

Joshua Wheeler
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