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    David Rittenhouse’s Payment for Services "Superintending" the Printing March 16, 1785 Pennsylvania Currency

    Philadelphia, PA - David Rittenhouse [as] Treasurer of Pennsylvania Promissory Note for 37 Pounds 10 Shillings to John Wharton or his Order for Services "Superintending" the Printing of Act of March 16, 1785 Currency July 13, 1785. PCGS Very Fine 30 Apparent.
    This unique document is directly related to the March 16, 1785, issue of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Currency (Newman, p. 36; Fr. PA-265-272). A manuscript document on laid paper. 19 cm x 15.9 cm. Fully accomplished to John Wharton for "fifty days service in superintending" the note issue. Issued for 37 pounds 10 shillings. Signed by John Dickenson on behalf for David Rittenhouse Esquire [as] Treasurer. Endorsed twice on the back, perpendicularly, with Wharton paid in two installments.

    Face transcription:
    ________________

    For £37,,00,,0 specie
    ________________


    In Council


    Philadelphia July 13th 1785
    Sir

    Pay to Mr. John Wharton or his order the

    sum of Thirty seven pounds ten shillings specie in

    full for fifty days service in preparing materials and

    superintending the Printing of £150,000,,0,,0

    as a Trustee appointed by Act of Assembly passed

    the 16th of March 1795 --- according to the Comptrol-

    -ler Generals Report.__________________________

    [?] David Rittenhouse Esquire John Dickinson
    Treasurer

    Written vertically on the left edge is John Nicholson.


    Back transcription:
    Received August 20th 1785. of David Rittenhouse
    Treasurer, twenty one pounds 5s on Account
    of this written Warrant John Wharton
    £21 5

    Received September 7th. 1785. of David Rittenhouse
    Treasurer Sixteen pounds 5s. in full of the
    Written Warrant
    £16-5

    Written vertically on the left edge is J. Wharton Esq. £37.10
    Sep. 7th. 1785


    Noted with "Edge Splits; Minor Edge Damage." Unique and interesting.
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    Estimate: $750 - $1,500.

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