• Colonial Legislator and Justice of the Peace Orders Capture of Debtor

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    JABEZ HUNTINGTON (1692-1753) was sheriff of Windham County, Connecticut, when it was a Colony in Colonial America.


    JAMES WADSWORTH, born c. 1675, represented Durham, CT, before the General Assembly when the town was attempting to settle boundary lines with Middletown and her other neighbors.   He was speaker of the house in the Colonial Legislature in 1717.  In 1724, he was one of the judges of the superior court.  At the October 1726 session of the Assembly, a grant of 300 acres of land in Goshen was made to Wadsworth and two others in return for their public services. He was also justice of the peace and when the first militia was organized in 1735, he was named colonel of the Tenth Regiment.  


    6 ¾ x 7 ¼, Colonial Document Signed by Wadsworth and Huntington, Sheriff for Windham County. “To the Sheriff of the County of Windham…Greeting. In His Majesty’s name summons Nath’l Fuller…in ye county that he appear before the County Court to be Holden at Windham…then and there to answer…in an action or plea of debt the sum of three hundred pounds current money of New England due to ye plaintiff by a certain bond or bill under ye hand…dated ye 20th day of May…1726…Hereof Fail not and make due return of this writ with your doings dated Harford, Feb. 14th…1726/27 And in the 13th Year of His Majesty’s Reign.  James Wadsworth, Assistant.”


    Beautiful, Colonia script on the verso and signed by Jabez Huntington, John Jacobs and Jn Mansfield.  “By virtune of the within summons, I have been at ye Dwelling house of the within named Nathaniel Fuller and his wife told me that he was out of ye Colony and I have left and attested copey of ye within summons with his wife…”


    Folds, toning, some bleed through, but overall excellent condition, especially for a document that is nearly 300 years old.  A superb example of Colonial Americana. Research included.



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