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1778 Note to Captain Moses Seymour signed by Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth
1778 Note to Captain Moses Seymour signed by Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth
 
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This rare note was issued to Captain Moses Seymour and signed by future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Oliver Ellsworth.

In 1775 the troops in Litchfield, Goshen, Torrington and Winchester became the 17th Regiment of the Continental Army. Jedediah Huntington was appointed Colonel and Moses Seymour was appointed Captain of horse mounted troops attached to the regiment. At this point in the Revolutionary War, there were not cavalry regiments like this.

In 1776, Governor Trumbull ordered their regiment west of the Connecticut River and were placed under the command of General George Washington to face the mounting British troops that were gathering in Long Island and New York. Moses's horse troop attachment were part of the Battle of Long Island. In the Fall, several companies of light horse from various infantry regiments formed a Light-Horse regiment under the command of Colonel Elisha Sheldon. Captain Seymour commanded a company. His company protected General Washington's retreat through New Jersey. Captain Seymour was part of many documented battles including the Battle of Bemis Heights, Stillwater, and Saratoga. In 1783, Moses Seymour retired the rank of Major. For more information on Captain Moses Seymour Click here.

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 Captain Moses Seymour for nineteen pounds eleven shillings and ten pence for "arrear wages on his Camp any lately in Service". 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.


John Lawrence Esq Treasurer. Reverse is endorse by Captain Moses Seymour