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    Hartford, CT - $5 1902 Date Back Fr. 590 The Charter Oak NB Ch. # (N)486
    A lovely note with a wonderfully evocative and uniquely Connecticut title. The Charter Oak story is part and parcel of this state's civic life, commemorating events of the night in October of 1687 when newly appointed Governor of New England Sir Edmund Andros arrived in Hartford to demand the surrender of Connecticut's Royal Charter which had been granted twenty five years earlier. During a heated evening meeting between the colony's leaders and the royal entourage at Butler's Tavern over Andros' demand to seize the charter, the room was plunged into darkness when the candles that illuminated it were overturned. No one knows whether this was an accident or a crafty maneuver by the aggrieved colonists, but what is known is that Captain Joseph Wadsworth, who was positioned outside the tavern, found himself in possession of the document during the ensuing chaos in the darkness. Wadsworth took it upon himself to hide the charter in a majestic white oak tree on a nearby estate, hence the name "The Charter Oak." Wadsworth's bold move served to preserve not only the document but the rights of the colonists. Recovered later, the Royal Charter now occupies a place of honor in the Connecticut History Museum, and the Charter Oak itself is commemorated on the Connecticut state quarter. PCGS Gem New 65PPQ, a beautiful note which reminds us why we collect these wonderful artifacts of our nation's history.


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