Revolutionary War. Offering a 6 ¾ x 8 ½ pay order providing for payment for Capt. John Vaughan “for his guard over the Continental Stores at Lebanon” one hundred and twenty-two pounds, eight shillings and six pence. “Also nine pounds, two shillings and nine pence for sundry expenses & charge the state—October 3rd, 1777.”
The order is signed by John Chenward (1733-1805) a Hartford merchant who served as a member of the Connecticut Pay Table and John Lawrence, who served as treasurer of the colony. During the war, Lawrence was also commissioner of loans for the United States.
Beautiful docketing on the verso with a signed note from Captain John Vaughan documenting his receipt of the pay.
Lebanon, CT, is rich with Revolutionary War history and was nicknamed “Heartbeat of the Revolution.” The town was home to the only Revolutionary War-era Governor, Jonathan Trumbull, who supported the war against the British. Trumbull went on to convene the Council on Safety at his home, which was the primary meeting place for this group and became the Continental Store for supplying the American patriots. This is likely the area guarded by Vaughan. At one point, the war office was connected to Gov. Trumbull’s home, via a secret tunnel. Some refer to the office today as “The Pentagon of the Revolution.”
Light toning and folds. In very good condition.
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