Archives International Auctions Auction 83 February 28, 2023

Archives International Auctions - Sale 83 64 February 28, 2023 Archives International Auctions U.S. Colonial Banknotes & Fiscal Documents New Jersey 328 328 Burlington, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Committee Minutes Abstract Mentioning Freeing Slaves, 1760 Burlington, New Jersey & Pennsylvania (likely Philadelphia), dated 1760, possibly a copy written at a later date. Very early, 4 Page Handwritten Abstract of the Minutes of the Yearly Committee Meeting. Detailed with various names and topics, including a mention of freeing slaves. The Clerk and author of the document, John Smith, writes, “Several friends of the Committee heretofore appointed by this meeting to visit such friends, as keep negroe slaves, acquainted the meeting, that they have made some farther progress in that is again recommended to friends in the several quarters, weightily to consider the importance of this engagement, and assist the said friends, therein as they may find freedom.” The document continues to discuss other matters, such as the case of a man marrying his wife’s half-sister, asserting that it “is forbidden by the laws of the government, and contrary to our Christian testimony.” Various names of Committee members are listed throughout the piece, including John Woolman, who is likely John Woolman (October 19, 1720 - October 7, 1772), an American merchant, tailor, journalist, Quaker preacher, and early abolitionist during the colonial era. Based in Mount Holly, near Philadelphia, he traveled through the American frontier to preach Quaker beliefs, and advocate against slavery and the slave trade, cruelty to animals, economic injustices and oppression, and conscription. Beginning in 1755 with the outbreak of the French and Indian War, he urged tax resistance to deny support to the colonial military. In 1772, Woolman traveled to England, where he urged Quakers to support abolition of slavery. Fine condition, especially for its age, with archival reinforcements along fold lines. Very interesting piece with plenty of details to explore further. ��������������������������������� Est. $600-1200 United States 329 329 Continental Currency, 1778, Pair of Issued Banknotes United States, 1778. Lot of 2 Issued Continental Currwency Banknotes, Includes: $7, P-S180, Black with “serenabit” on emblem with severe storm at sea, S/N 936992; and, $40, P-S184, Black with “Confederation” on emblem with rays of an all-seeing eye shining on 13 stars surrounding a flame with diamond shaped cut out cancellation. Both notes are in Fine to Choice Fine condition, Printer: Hall & Sellers. (2). Sold “AS IS” no returns accepted. ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Est. $120-240 Connecticut 330 330 RevolutionaryWar Connecticut, 1779 Promissory Note Signed by Fenn Wadsworth and Oliver Wolcott Jr. Connecticut, 1779. Handwritten promissory note to pay Seth Abbott the sum of 11 Pounds and 5 Shillings of lawful money, and “charge the State,” dated February 4th, 1779. Signed by Pay-Table members John Chenward and Fenn Wadsworth, with Oliver Wolcott Jr’s distinctive signature across, as well as signed by Treasurer John Lawrence. Promissory Notes like this were issued by the State of Connecticut to help finance the Revolutionary War. The Pay-Table (also known as the Committee of Four) managed Connecticut’s military finances during the ongoing conflict. Seth Abbott may have fought in the Revolutionary War. Fenn Wadsworth (1750/51-1785) was a brigade major to General James Wadsworth from 1776 to 1779. He fought in many battles during that time, but his failing health forced him to leave active service. Wadsworth stayed in Connecticut’s government, as shown by his membership to the Pay-Table Committee. Oliver Wolcott Jr. ( January 11, 1760 - June 1, 1833) was the second United States Secretary of the Treasury, a judge of the United States Circuit Court for the Second Circuit, and the 24th Governor of Connecticut. He was a member of the Pay-Table Committee for several years, and was a commissioner to settle claims of Connecticut against the United States from 1784 to 1788. In 1796, he was George and Martha Washington’s intermediary in getting the Collector of Customs for Portsmouth, NewHampshire, JosephWhipple, to capture and send an escaped slave, Oney (sometimes Ona) Judge, back to Mount Vernon. He was ultimately unsuccessful. When Wolcott died in 1833 in New York City, he was the last surviving cabinet member of the Washington administration. John Lawrence (1719-1802) served as treasurer of the Connecticut colony, and later as the Connecticut State Treasurer from 1769 to 1789, spanning the crucial period of colonial rule, through the American revolution, and into the early years of the United States. During the Revolutionary War, Lawrence was commissioner of loans for the new nation. VF condition with interesting watermark on paper. ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Est. $110-220 Tuesday, February 28th, 2023: Session 2 - lots 328- 679 U.S. Scripophily Historic Ephemera and Security Printing Ephemera Beginning no sooner than 2:00 pm EST (After Session 1)