• 1776 Express Rider Bill Submitted By Nathaniel Wales Jr.

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    Offering a superb 1776 7 ¾ x 8 itemized list submitted by NATHANIEL WALES JR. for his extensive rides throughout the Colony of Connecticut relaying important information relating to Revolutionary War activities.

    The document, dated December 1776, includes seven specific entries directed at the General Assembly so that Wales could be paid, including the expense of his horse.  Wales has headed the document, “To a Journey to Providence by order of the General Assembly at Middletown”

    WALES in partnership with Col. Elderkin erected a powder mill at Willimantic and, at the May session of the Connecticut Legislature in 1776, were allowed thirty pounds sterling for one thousand pounds of gunpowder. Their mill continued to furnish large quantities of powder until December 13, 1777, when it blew up.

    The document has been examined and is signed by GEORGE WYLLYS and is attested by BENJAMIN HUNTINGTON, CLERK.

    WYLLYS was appointed lieutenant colonel in Col. Joseph Spencer’s 2nd Connecticut Regiment on July 1, 1775. He was promoted to colonel and commanded the regiment until July 1, 1776. Wyllys remained in command, serving in the Siege of Boston until the British evacuation on March 17. He then marched with George Washington to New York and saw action in the Battle of Long Island.


    The document is attested by BENJAMIN HUNTINGTON, Clerk, who served as a delegate to the Second Continental Congress and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the First United Congress. He also served on the Committee of Safety.

    Folds and light toning, but a handsome Revolutionary War document with additional information on the verso, including a receipt signed by Wales.

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