• [Pitkin Falls, Fulling Mills] French & Indian War Col. Pitkin Signs 1756 Receipt

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    COLONEL JOSPEH PITKIN was born in 1696 and died in 1762. He was Captain of the 3rd militia company, east side, in 1738, and rose to Colonel of the 1st regiment in 1751. He was “musterer” of the company raised for the expedition against Crown Point, commanded by his brother Col. John Pitkin.

    Pitkin also served as Justice of the Peace in 1726 and for 20 years was a representative of Hartford in the General Assembly. He was Judge of the County Court in 1735. He owned, with his brother, two large fulling mills (where cloth was processed) at “Pitkin Falls.” In 1747, he built a rolling and iron slitting mill at the “Forge Falls.” This industry was prohibited by the British Parliament in 1750. Powder was manufactured here for the American Army during the Revolutionary War.

    One page, 4 ½” x 7 ½” document written and signed by Joseph Pitkin, which reads, in part, “…Hartford, Dec. 26th, 1756

    “Rec’d of John Gilman, Collector of the Rate of the Proprietors of the Land on the East side of the River in Hartford made 1756 the sum of Eight Pounds, Seven Shillings, old Tenor, in part of 20 Pounds sent to Daniel Gould…”

    Verso contains several sets of mathematical equations.

    Folds, toning. One small fold tear reinforced with archival tape. Some reference writing on front, not in Pitkin’s hand and in pencil. Great piece of early Americana.

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