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1777 Pay Table Note signed by Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth
1777 Pay Table Note signed by Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth
1777 Pay Table Note signed by Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth
 
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This rare Revolutionary War Pay Table note signed by future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Oliver Ellsworth.

Promissory Notes like this issued by the State of Connecticut help to 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.

This Pay Table note was issued to Reuben Smith for two hundred and forty pounds sixteen shillings and four pence half penny lawful money. This note was signed by Pay-Table member Oliver Ellsworth who would become the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (1796-1799). Ellsworth represented Connecticut in the Continental Congress from 1777 to 1784 and was a judge in Connecticut Superior Court and helped to broker the Connecticut Compromise. He was also one of the State's first U.S. Senators before he was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by Presient George Washinton.

Oliver Ellsworth was the 3rd Chief Justice of the United States and served untill 1800 and one of the framers of the U.S. Constitution.

This note is also signed by Pay Table member John Chenward

John Lawrence Esq Treasurer. Reverse is endorse by Reuben Smith.