Lot 27: OLIVER ELLSWORTH, United States Constitution Drafter Signed Enlisting Document
Historic Autographs, Civil War Encased Postage Stamps, Colonial, Revolutionary War, Federal Era, Coins, Currency, Medals
December 10, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Oliver Ellsworth, Drafter of the United States Constitution, Continental Army Battalion Funds to be Commanded by Samuel Wyllys
OLIVER ELLSWORTH (1745-1807). American Lawyer and Politician, Revolutionary Patriot, Drafter of the United States Constitution, United States Senator from Connecticut, and the Third Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
February 7, 1777-Dated Revolutionary War Period, Partially-Printed Document, 6.5" x 7.5", 1 page, Hartford, Very Fine. Pay Order for Wills Cliff. It reads, in full,
"Sir, Please to pay to Captain Wills Cliff the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds to pay out (as the additional Encouragement of Ten Pounds granted by this State) for Enlisting his own Company, in the Continental Battalion to be commanded by Samuel Wyllys Esq. Colonel; and to render his Account, and charge the State. -- (Signed) "O. Ellsworth". Cliff signs on reverse in receipt of payment. Lot includes an original circa 1880s era, engraving of Ellsworth with his facsimile signature below, Choice crisp near mint. A very scarce payment form for a Revolutionary War Continental Army battalion company. Excellent for display. (2 items).
Oliver Ellsworth (April 29, 1745 - November 26, 1807) was an American lawyer and politician, a revolutionary against British rule, a drafter of the United States Constitution, United States Senator from Connecticut, and the Third Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
While at the Federal Convention, Ellsworth moved to strike the word National from the motion made by Edmund Randolph of Virginia. Randolph had moved successfully to call the government the National Government of United States. Ellsworth moved that the government should continue to be called the United States Government.