Hartford and Middlebury. Item #08261
Manuscript document signed "Test(ament) / Saml. Huntington, Clerk" of Council of Safety, Hartford, Jan. 20, 1783; 7 3/4" x 12 1/2" - To "His Excellency the Gov. & Council of Safety" presenting petition of George Merrill of Hartford. "In.....Dec. 1780, Chauncey Whittlesey of Middletown, Purchaser of Cloathing for this State and for the Use of the Continental Army....bought of.....(Merrill) Sundry articles of Cloathing to the amount of about (BP) 1100 money....At the time (Merrill) consented to part with his said Goods, he had the strongest assurance from Whittlesey and some of the Members of the Council of Safety....that he should be paid....cash or something equivalent. That to his very great Disappointment and Embarrassment in his Business he was obliged to Receive.....many Payments at a very great loss....Now informed by Mr. Whittlesey that he has Nothing in his hands to pay......" Beseeching the Council to make good on the debt, "Payable out of the two penny Tax" for the balance due of (BP) 41....." Above Huntington's signature as Clerk, it is resolved that the Council on Safety will pay. Slight smudge on "m" in Saml. A fine example. Manuscript document signed by Whittlesey, Middlebury, Jan. 16, 1783, certifying that a "ballance" of (BP)41 " Lawfull Money" remains unpaid; 6 1/2" x 7 3/4". A fine example. A Yale educated minister, Whittlesey was a "purchasing clothier" and supplier of rum for the Continentals. During John Adams' administration, he acted as buying agent for cavalry swords. Manuscript ledger sheet, 8 1/4" x 13" - "State of Conn. in ac(count) with George Merrill....for Sundry Articles of Cloathing....." plus interest for 13 months. Boldly signed by Merrill upon receiving funds at Pay Table Office, Jan. 23, 1783. A fine, fresh example. Samuel Huntington (1731 - 1796) Signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. He served as President of the Continental Congress from 1779 to 1781 and was the 18th Governor of Connecticutt from 1786 until his death.