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Salary for State Comptroller
1790 Connecticut Pay Order
 
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This manuscript document is addressed "To Peter Colt Esqr. Treasurer" of the state of Connecticut and was written from the "Comptrollers Office" of the same state. The document reads (in full): "Sir, Please to Pay John Dodd Junr. or Order the sum Eighteen Pounds L Money out of the Taxes appropriated for the payment of the Civil List and charge the State on Account of my Salary as Comptr. of the Public Accounts". It is signed at the conclusion by "Ralph Pomeroy Compt" and is boldly dated "June 11th 1790". Ralph Pomeroy served as the comptroller for the state of Connecticut for one year from 1790 until 1791, having previously served as deputy quartermaster for the state. The addressee, Peter Colt, was appointed Deputy Commissary General of Purchases for the Eastern Department by Congress in 1777, and later served as an assistant to Jeremiah Wadsworth in furnishing supplies to the French soldiers under Rochambeau. Colt served as treasurer of Connecticut from 1789 until 1793, before leaving in the spring of the latter year to enter business in the private sector. The verso of the document bears two manuscript notations, each executed and signed by "Jno. Dodd Jr.", noting that the pay order was "Registered in the Comptrollers Office June 11th 90", and instructing the recipient to "Please to pay the contents to Ralph Pomeroy Esquire". It is interesting to note that the writer of this document omitted two words (as well as several other errors), and subsequently added them using a caret sign.

This interesting document is executed in period brown ink on higher quality watermarked paper. Two vertical folds are present, each affecting various words throughout the text. Light toning noted near the margins, migrating slightly along one of the folds. The left and bottom edges are somewhat ragged, though this does not affect any of the lettering. Significant ink show through is visible on both sides due to the formation of several of the individual letters. This early Connecticut document measures approximately 7.5 x 8 inches, slightly longer where the paper was torn. An attractive document for the colonial collector.


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