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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.226 Author/Creator: Place Written: various Type: Header Record Date: 1772-1779 Pagination: 6 items

Summary of Content: [Currency]. [Philadelphia], Pennsylvania: 03 April 1772. Two shilling and sixpence note. Printed by Hall and Sellers. Signed by Cadwalader Morris, Joseph Swift and Samuel Hudson. No. 4665. [Currency]. [Philadelphia], Pennsylvania: 01 October 1773. Five shilling note. Printed by Hall and Sellers. Signed by William Wister, Samuel Miles and Owen Jones, Jr. No. 24025. Historical Background: An emission of £150,000 in bills of credit to revive the loan office system. Penn family arms on the front and a cast cut of a farm scene on the back [excerpted from Jordan's "Colonial Currency."] [Currency]. Burlington, New Jersey: 25 March 1776. Fifteen shilling note. Printed by Isaac Collins. Signed by Robert Smith, Jonathan Deare and John [Smith?]. No. 17365. Historical Background: An emission of £100,000 in legal tender bills of credit had been planned since May 10, 1768 but never obtained the consent of the English king. Following the outbreak of the Revolution the issue was emitted as proclamation money. The notes were made legal tender on September 20, 1776 and recalled by January 1, 1780. [excerpted from Jordan's "Colonial Currency."] Shaw, Francis. Document signed: to Henry Swift. [Boston]: November 1779. Bill or receipt for state and town/county poll and real estate taxes. Signed by Francis Shaw, on recto and verso, as tax collector. Howard, John (fl. 1775-1778) [Receipt for wages for three year's service in the Continental Army] Ipswich, Massachusetts: 16 March 1778. Receipt for one hundred pounds for service in Captain Joseph Hodgkin's Company in Colonel Timothy Bigelow's Battalion. Paid by the Selectmen of Ipswich. Hodgkins, Serrah (fl. 1779). [Receipt for wages of John Hodgkins, soldier in the Continental Army]. Ipswich, Massachusetts: 22 May 1779. Receipt for ninety pounds due for service from 1 September 1777-1 March 1779. Paid by the Selectmen of Ipswich by court order. Signed for by John's sister, Serrah Hodgkins (possibly Sarah).

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Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarFinanceCoins and CurrencyTaxes or TaxationEconomicsGovernment and CivicsContinental ArmyMilitary HistorySoldier's PayWomen's History

Sub Era: Road to Revolution

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