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Lot 233: 1780 Revolutionary War Connecticut Pay: Connecticut Line of the Continental Army
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
"Peter Colt" Signed Connecticut Revolutionary Pay Order
June 1, 1780-Dated Revolutionary War, State of Connecticut Pay Order, For Military Service in the Continental Army, Superb Crisp Uncirculated.
This original, pristine, partially printed, 4" x 8" Revolutionary War Pay Order is payable to Cyrus Newton, "who hath served in the Connecticut Line of the Continental Army." Cataloged by William Anderson as CT-18. This fiscal document is Signed by Peter Colt, and guarantees payment by June 1, 1785. Of the 20,000 certificates issued under this act, only 1,900 were signed by Peter Colt. A wonderful Revolutionary War Fiscal Document in Mint Condition.
Peter Colt (1744-1824) graduated from Yale University in 1764, and during 1768-1776 was engaged in the West Indies trade with Captain Hezekiah Howe. He was appointed one of the Town of New Haven's Committee of Correspondence in 1774. The following year, he became Military Secretary to General Wooster.
In 1777 the Continental Congress appointed him Deputy Commissary General of Purchases for the Eastern Department (New England and New York east of the Hudson River), with the rank of Colonel. He served in this post through 1779, then in 1780 assisted Colonel Jeremiah Wadsworth in furnishing supplies to the French Troops under Rochambeau. From 1789 to 1793 he was Treasurer of Connecticut. Peter Colt was related to the Colt Firearms family.