Express Riders were highly important to the Patriot’s efforts during the Revolutionary War. Although Paul Revere and William Dawes are by far the most famous, riding on horseback to warn of the approach of British soldiers, other riders were relied on to deliver messages important to the American cause.
Messages delivered to Gov. Jonathan Trumbull of Connecticut were undoubtedly highly important to supporting the war effort.
Offering a 5 ¼ x 7 ¾ State of Connecticut to Ashbel Dodd “1779 Nov to Riding Express to Gov. Trumbull 3 days...Horse here...Expenses...
“Pay Table Office Novembr 30th 1779
“Personally appeared Mr. Ashbel Dodd and made Oath that the above amount is just and true
“Before – Fenn Wadsworth Committee
“Recd an order on Treasurer for Thirty one pounds, Ten Shillings...in full of the above acct
Verso contains docketing, “Ashbel Dodd for riding express...Novr 30th, 1779.
FENN WADSWORTH was born in Farmington, CT. He was a brigade major to Gen. James Wadsworth from 1776 to 1779. He fought in many battles but his failing health forced him to leave military service. He stayed in Connecticut government and was a member of the state’s Pay-Table, which was responsible for military expenditures during the war. It is this latter role in which Wadsworth fills out the second portion of this document and the docketing on the verso.
It’s difficult to know for certain the nature of Ashbel’s Express Ride to Trumbull. At that time, however, Trumbull wrote to George Washington about supplying troops from Connecticut.
Toning. Folds. One small piece missing from the upper right, affecting very little. A fine piece of Revolutionary War Americana.
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