Revolutionary War Connecticut, 1778 Promissory Note Issued for Clothing

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Revolutionary War Connecticut, 1778 Promissory Note Issued for Clothing

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Connecticut, 1778. Handwritten promissory note issued to the Lebanon Committee "for Clothing," for the sum of 304 Pounds and 5 Shillings of lawful money, signed by Pay-Table members John Chenward and Fenn Wadsworth, with Jedediah Huntington's signature across. Also signed by Connecticut Treasurer John Lawrence at bottom left corner. Promissory Notes like this were issued by the State of Connecticut to help finance the Revolutionary War. Military finances in the state of Connecticut were managed by the Pay-Table, which was also known as the Committee of Four, during the Revolutionary War. Fenn Wadsworth (1750/51-1785) was a brigade major to General James Wadsworth from 1776 to 1779. He fought in many battles during that time, but his failing health forced him to leave active service. Wadsworth stayed in Connecticut's government, as shown by his membership to the Pay-Table Committee. John Chenward (1733-1805) was a Captain in the army and his signature appears on many documents from this period. Jedediah Huntington (4 August 1743 - 25 September 1818), was an American general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. After the war, he served in numerous civilian posts. John Lawrence (1719-1802) served as treasurer of the Connecticut colony, and later as the Connecticut State Treasurer from 1769 to 1789, spanning the crucial period of colonial rule, through the American revolution, and into the early years of the United States. During the Revolutionary War, Lawrence was commissioner of loans for the new nation. Much of Lebanon's integral role in the Revolutionary War can be attributed to patriot and Governor of Connecticut, John Trumbull. Jonathan Trumbull was the only British colonial governor to side with the rebel forces during the Revolution. Trumbull served as one of George Washington's chief quartermasters, convening a Council of Safety to manage the affairs of the Continental Army. The council met over 1,100 times, mostly in Trumbull's own house on the Lebanon Green. VF condition and a fascinating piece of history related to the Revolutionary War.