Mansfield: 1776. Item #08260
Manuscript document with important Revolutionary War content and dated July 13, 1776, just 2 days after Mr. Williams received word of the adoption of the DOI, and 2 weeks before he signed it. Written on laid paper (4 1/4" x 7 1/4"): "Received of Col. William Williams, one of the Committee for Procuring fier (sic) Arms for the Colony of Conn., four Arms markd 'C.C.' on ?? in Addition to five we before Receivd by the Hand of Capt. Heze Huntington, the Property of this Colony....." Huntington was musket maker to Connecticut's Committee of Safety, credited with 340 stands of arms between 1775 - 78 (American Gun Makers, Stackpole, 1953). Signed by Selectmen (Lt. Col.) Exp(e)r(ience) Storrs, who served at Bunker Hill and Const(ant) Southworth, whose forefather was Treasurer of Plymouth Colony. Signed on verso by William Williams: "Recd. from Col. E. Wolcott / by Wm. Williams Esq. / 4 Guns." A fine example, boldly signed.