• Revolutionary War-Date Receipt For Gun Powder Used To Defend Connecticut

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    3 ½ x 7 7/8, Norwich [CT], August 19, 1778, “Rec’d of Jabez Huntington Esqr. Thirteen Casks State powder for the use of my Company powder...Rec’d this 20th day of April...

    “Jacob DeWitt, Capt artillery company...”

    Nice docketing on verso.

    JABEZ HUNTINGTON (August 7, 1719-October 5, 1786) was a merchant and a politician from Connecticut Colony.  After 1759, he was a frequent member of the legislature and also a member of the council. At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, he owned a large amount of shipping and lost heavily by the capture of his vessels. He was quite active on the Committee of Safety. Huntington was placed in charge of the entire Connecticut militia. 

    CAPTAIN JACOB DEWITT was put in charge of defense in the summer of 1775.  Early in 1776, Captains McCall and DeWitt enrolled and organized a company of veteran guards for defense of Connecticut should it be invaded. These were well equipped with arms in readiness for sudden emergencies. On August 12, 1776, Gov. Trumbull issued an order to Captain McCall to convene his company and enlist as many as were willing and to march immediately to New York by land or water and there join the Nineteenth Regiment of Connecticut Militia. The order was in consequence of a pressing requisition from Gen. George Washington for reinforcement.

    Toning. Overall in excellent condition.

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