Revolutionary War 1781 Connecticut Loan Document from a Female Patriot
Documentary evidence of female patriots is exceedingly rare. It appears that not only was Mrs. Wescott a war widow, but she was a woman of means who loaned money to the cause. I am working on more research into Mrs. Wescott to uncover if this was a loan and not an IOU for the service of her husband, either way the sacrifice of female patriots is rarely recorded and not acknowledged often enough. This appears to be a treasury office loan interest document proving receipt of 54 pounds, 4 shillings, and 3 pence from Mrs. Elizabeth Westcott of New London. The document measures approx. 7.5 x 4.25 inches in size. The document is in fairly solid shape considering the age and exhibits period folds with some slight separation and general wear. The document has a cross cut cancel and a few strips of museum quality archival tape securing fold lines and cancel cuts on back. There are also several ink interest notations and signatures on the back of the document. Ideal for framing and much more rare than other Connecticut notes.