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Revolutionary War Autograph Pay Order issued by William Pitkin, and Signed as Received by Benjamin Tallmadge
Very Good. Approximately 10" x 3.5". Laid paper. Old folds and some ink smudges, sound and very good. Order dated "Hartford January 27th 1779. Pitkin authorizes payment of thirty one pounds to the Selectmen of Fairfield, Connecticut for supporting John Mc [?] "...a transient person." Tallmadge endores on the verso: Rec'd. Fairfield April 23d 1779 of [?] John Allen, Town Treasurer the contents of the within order. Benj. N. Tallmadge."Tallmadge was Washington's Chief of Intelligence and organized the Culper Ring of spies in his birthplace of Setauket on Long Island, from which he communicated by water from Fairfield. This document is interesting in that it displays support for a "transient person", the name not easily readable, which might indicate the person was an agent or informant. Revolutionary War-era signatures of Tallmadge are relatively uncommon.
      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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