July 19, 1781. Quality document ideal for framing and presentation. 7.5" x 11.5", 1 pp. manuscript in dark brown ink on clean watermarked period paper. Originally folded into eighths, with light, old fold marks; four, minimal pin holes on two upper folds, one toning mark on rear, three words with light ink smudge, otherwise excellent condition. The timing of this sale coincides with French Lieutenant General Rochambeau's march from Rhode Island across Connecticut to join General George Washington in Mount Kisco, NY. Gen. Rochambeau had under his command 7000 French Troops sent to aid in America's War of Independence from Great Britain. Upon joining forces they marched to the siege of Yorktown and the Battle of Chesapeake, combining with the soldiers of Marquis de Lafayette resulting in the surrender of Lord Cornwallis exactly three months later (Oct. 19, 1781). Very Fine. Item #1218
Invoice of Seven Beef Cattle Delivered Thomas Lewis MP by the Selectmen of the Town of Southington for the Penny tax for the Month of July Weighing by Estimation Four thousand two hundred & fifty pounds weight
Southington July ye 19th 1781
We the Subscribers being Qualified as the Law directs do Estimate the above Seven Beef Cattle to Weigh Four thousand two hundred & fifty pounds weight done at Southington July ye 19th 1781 / Jeb Lewis/ Jonathan Root / Estimator under Oath
Southington in Hartford County July ye 19th 1781 Personally appeared before me , Mssrs Jeb Lewis & Jonathan Root Junr and made oath to the Truth of the Above Certificate / John Curtis Just Peace
Southington July ye 19th 1781 – Rec of the Selectmen of the Town of Southington Seven Beef Cattle Estimated to weigh Four thousand two hundred & fifty pounds weight for the use of the Continental Army of the United States and an account of the Penny Tax for the month of July / Thomas Lewis
Docket on Verso:
“August 1st 1782 - These Certify that the within Seven Beefs Cattle where (sic) of the first Quality as Set forth in the Act of the Genrl Assembly in May 1781 - Certified per - Jeb Lewis / Jonth Root - Estimaters (sic)”. This statement also being previously sworn to before the Justice of the Peace, John Curtis, July 19th, 1781.