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(American Revolution)
Autograph Manuscript Order, Signed "James Church" and "O[liver] Ellsworth" to John Lawrence, for payment to the widow of Col. William Douglas for "Extraordinary Trouble in obtaining Pay for his Regt."
Hartford [CT]: June 28th 1777. 1 p., pen and ink on paper, dockteted on the verso and signed by "E[benezer] Plummer" and "Jonah Clark". 8 x 6.75 inches. SMALL COMPENSATION FOR A LIFE AND FORTUNE LOST. An important testament offering proof of the sacrifice and hardship of a memorialized Connecticut hero signed by one of its favorite sons, reading: "Sir pay to Hannah Douglas Executrise (sic) to the Estate of Col. William Douglas deceased the sum of Nine pounds Fifteen Shillings & onepenny (sic) money being for Extraordinary Trouble in obtaining pay for his Regt. from Headquarters Hartford June 28th 1777" William Douglas was born in Plainfield Connecticut on January 27, 1742, to John Douglas and Olive Spaulding. He married Hannah Mansfield in 1767, and they had four children. Douglas was a veteran of the French and Indian War and a prosperous mariner and merchant who had acquired substantial wealth trading in the West indies. He reentered military service at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, taking part in the expedition that took Fort Ticonderoga, as well as commanding a flotilla on Lake Champlain, and leading a successful raid on St. John. In 1776, he was elected to the Connecticut General Assembly, but declined in order to accept a commission as Colonel of the Connecticut State Regiment. The regiment joined Washington and the Continental Army in New York, where it was routed at Kip's Bay but redeemed itself the next day at the Battle of Harlem Heights, where Douglas reportedly had his horse shot out from under him and his uniform riddled with bullets. At the close of t … [Click Below for Full Description]
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