1776 Document Salt Peter For Gunpowder, Revolutionary War Patriot John Lawrence
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1776 Document Salt Peter For Gunpowder, Revolutionary War Patriot John Lawrence:
1776 DOCUMENT, SALT PETER for GUNPOWDER by REVOLUTIONARY WAR PATRIOT JOHN LAWRENCE. 1776 pay order for salt peter, presumably for gunpowder manufacturing. Manuscript DS, Hartford, June 11, 1776. Order reads, “Sir Pay to Benj A Hart the sum of twelve shillings and two penny farthings money for _____ purchase of one pound & three quarters Salt Petre duly certified --- & charge the Colony --- June 11th, 1776.” Salt peter was the key ingredient used by the colonies in the manufacture of gunpowder. The document is signed by John Lawrence, Treasurer, and by J. Seymour and Ez. Williams as members of the Connecticut Committee of the Pay Table during the American Revolution.
The document measures 8-1/4” X 5”; folds, toning, written in bold dark ink, easily read.
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