Autograph document signed (“Oliver Wolcott”) as sheriff of the County of Litchfield, Connecticut, also signed ("Isaac Baldwin") as Clerk of the County. Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Oliver Wolcott.
Autograph document signed (“Oliver Wolcott”) as sheriff of the County of Litchfield, Connecticut, also signed ("Isaac Baldwin") as Clerk of the County
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'COMMIT UNTO THE KEEPER OF THE GAOL'

Autograph document signed (“Oliver Wolcott”) as sheriff of the County of Litchfield, Connecticut, also signed ("Isaac Baldwin") as Clerk of the County.

Litchfield [CT]: Fourth Day of January 1764.

1p. partially printed and accomplished, docketed and signed by Wolcott on the verso. 6-1/4 x 6 inches. 'COMMIT UNTO THE KEEPER OF THE GAOL'. Very good. Item #316301

A court writ for the recovery of a judgement against Moses Prindle. Reading in part: “To the Sheriff of the County of Litchfield or his Deputy, or either of the Constables of the Town of Salisbury within said County; Greeting. Whereas Samuel Thomson of Nine Partners in the Province of New York recovered judgement against Moses Prindle of Sheffield in the Province of Massachusetts Bay before the adj. County Court Holden at Litchfield within the County of Litchfield aforesaid, on the first Tuesday of January 1764 for £ 4-8..0 New York Money and £ 1.2..0 lawful Money… Whereof Execution remains to be done. These are therefore in his Majesty’s Name, to command you, that of the Goods, Chattles or Lands of said Moses within your Precincts, you cause to be levied, (and the same being disposed of, or appraised as the Law directs) paid unto the said Samuel… And for want of such Goods… you are hereby commanded to take the Body of the said Moses and him commit unto the Keeper of the Gaol in Litchfield …”

Oliver Wolcott (1726-1797) was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation, as a representative from his home state of Connecticut, where he also served as the Nutmeg State’s 19th Governor and as a major general of Connecticut militia during the American Revolution. Born in Windsor, Wolcott graduated at the top of his Yale class in 1747. After graduation, he raised and lead a militia company in the French and Indian War and afterward, settled in Goshen, CT, where he studied medicine, before moving to Litchfield to become a merchant. He was appointed sheriff of the county and served from 1751-1771. According to a "Historical Note" in the Connecticut State Library "…when viewed through the lens of the county court files, Wolcott was an incompetent sheriff who allowed the vagrant thief Joseph Negro to escape from jail in 1754. Wolcott was also sued by a neighbor for his cruel and tyrannical treatment of Wolcott's servant Lidia Collis. The girl had fled to the neighbors for protection only to be dragged home by her master."

Isaac Baldwin (1715-1805) was born in Milford, Connecticut, to David and Abigail (Wilkinson) Baldwin. A licensed preacher, he gave up the pulpit for the plow, moving to Litchfield, where he ws a representative to General Assembly, served as Town Clerk, Clerk of the County Court, and Clerk of the Probate Court. He was married to Anna (Collins) and had three daughters and four sons.

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