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1 pg. document signed, April 3, 1780, [Hartford, Ct], to [Colonel] Ozias Bronson (1742-1810), signed by General Samuel Wyllys (1739-1823) as auditor of the Ct. Pay Table, and Major Fenn Wadsworth (1751-85). Wadsworth was a member of the Committee of the Pay-Table, otherwise known as the "Connecticut Committee of Four" that handled all of the military finances for the colony of Connecticut during the American Revolution (1775-83). It is also signed on the reverse by [Dr.] Eliphalet Hull (1738-99) who was a Surgeon in the Rev. War. The document is addressed to John Lawrence, Treasurer, and reads, in full: "Sir- Pay Mr. ozias Brownson Two hundred & twelve Pounds & Charge the State.. Pay Table Officer April 3, 1780." Wyllys signs vertically across the signature of Wadsworth. Docketed on the reverse is "No. 5349/Order/Mr. Ozias Bronson/L212/April 3d, 1780." Hull, who received the money on behalf of Bronson signs his own name.
Samuel Wyllys, graduated Yale in 1758. He was a Militia General and Colonel in the Continental Army (Colonel of the 22nd Continental Regiment for the entirety of 1776.) Rufus Putnam (later made a Brigadier General) was Lt. Col. under his command in the 22nd. Wyllys was instrumental in the Ticonderoga adventure and helped take part in the siege of Boston in 1775. He fought at the battle of Long Island and after the battle of White Plains was commissioned Colonel of the Third Connecticut Regiment, serving with it for four years, during which period he was almost continually on duty on the Hudson Highlands, or along the Connecticut border. Early in 1778 his regiment, with other troops, began the permanent fortifications of West Point. In the summer of 1779, his regiment marched with the Connecticut division towards the Connecticut coast to check Tryon's invasion, Wyllys being then in command of his brigade. In 1780 he was in camp with Washington's army on the Hudson. Finally, in January 1781, he retired from service. From 1789-92 he was Brigadier-General of the 1st Brigade Ct. Militia, and from 1793-96 Major-General of the Militia. Fort Wyllys, near West Point, was named in his honor. He was the son of Connecticut's Secretary of State, George Wyllys, and succeeded his father in 1796 as Secretary of Connecticut, serving until 1810. Major Fenn Wadsworth was born in Farmington, Ct. One of his collateral descendents was General James S. Wadsworth who was killed in 1864 during the Battle of the Wilderness. He was appointed to the pay table through the influence of a relative, Jeremiah Wadsworth, who was commissary under General Washington. He became ill while serving in his capacity as a Pay Table member (probably tuberculosis). He went to Saratoga Springs to recuperate, but died there and is reputed to be the first white person to die at the Springs.
Doctor Elilphalet Hull, who signs the reverse of this document, was born in Greenfield, Fairfield County CT.. He graduated from Yale in 1758. His wife was Charity Burr. He was a medical doctor and served as a surgeon in the Revolutionary War. He died Nov. 18, 1799, beating George Washington to the grave by a few weeks. He signed this piece on behalf of Colonel Ozias Bronson, a blacksmith and farmer from Winchester, CT. Before the war, Bronson was Captain and then Colonel of the Fourth Company Train Band, 25th Ct. Regt. He served in the Revolutionary War as an Ensign in Capt Barnes' Co and Col Noadiah Hooker's Regt. [Another source says he served in the 12 Co, 17th Regt 1776 in Rev War. After the war he served as a Representative to the General Assembly (1786-87) and was involved in the selection of a meeting house at Winchester CT.
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