State of Connecticut, Pay-Table Office, Pay Warrant,, 1780, £1000, Signed by Fenn Wadsworth, James C

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State of Connecticut, Pay-Table Office, Pay Warrant,, 1780, £1000, Signed by Fenn Wadsworth, James C

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Connecticut, March 4, 1780. I/C, £1000, Holographic Warrant, Issued to George Merrelas (could possibly be Juan de Miralles a Spanish arms dealer who became friends with George Washington. He supported the American cause financially, and served as a liaison between the colonists and the Spanish Crown) for £1000 by the Pay-Table of Connecticut, Handwritten slip signed by Fenn Wadsworth, James Church, and John Lawrence. The Pay-Table (also known as the Committee of Four) managed Connecticut's military finances during the Revolutionary War. 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. Issuing notes such as these was only a temporary solution. 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 Church was a member of the Pay-Table Committee. John Laurance (sometimes spelled "Lawrence" or "Laurence") (1750 – November 11, 1810) was a delegate to the 6th, 7th, and 8th Congresses of the Confederation, a United States representative and United States Senator from New York and a United States district judge of the United States District Court for the District of New York. Laurance briefly served as President pro tempore of the United States Senate in December 1798. VF-XF condition. This is one of the largest denominations offered by us from this collection.