• [Revolutionary War] Washington Appointee Seeks To Collect Overdue Bill

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    Offering a 7 x 8 Manuscript Document Signed “Jereh Olney” as collector of the Custom House, Providence, Rhode Island, 7th November 1795. “The enclosed bond of Col John Cook, for two hundred and forty-three dollars and nineteen cents, being due on the fourth instant, and not yet discharged, is transmitted to you to be put in suit as the law directs...”

     

    JEREMIAH OLNEY (1749-1812) formed a company of infantry in Rhode Island at the start of the Revolutionary War. After serving as captain in 1776, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel at the beginning of 1777. Olney led a brigade in bitter fighting at Monmouth in June 1778. After the war, he helped found the Rhode Island chapter of The Society of the Cincinnati. After the war, he was rewarded with the position of collector of the Custom House in Providence Rhode Island.  Olney was a staunch supporter of the Federalist Party. He argued for the adoption of the United States Constitution. For his political support, he was rewarded the lucrative position of Customs Collector by President George Washington. He held the post until 1809 when he resigned in annoyance at the Embargo Act’s diminution of his revenue.

     

    Lightly toned and foxed. Else excellent. Stray pencil mark from previous collector.

     

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