Declaration of Independence Signer Philip Livingston’s 1763 Bill of Exchange Receipt Made at Hartford, Conn.
November 22, 1763-Dated French and Indian War Period, Manuscript Document Colonial Bill of Exchange Receipt for Fifty Six Pounds, Eleven Shillings and Two Pence in Connecticut “March Bills of 1760”, Hartford (CT.), Choice Very Fine.
This original Bill of Exchange Receipt is boldly written on fine laid period paper in rich brown ink, measuring 7.5” x 5.5” with docket on its blank verso. It reads, in part: “Rec of Mr. Richard Alsop (Sr.) of Middletown (Ct.) for Phillip Livingstone (sic) Esq for a Bill of Exchange In March Bills of 1760...” with interest accounted. Small split along the central fold. The name of Philip Livingston is misspelled on this document, which was received by Joseph Talcott, Treasurer/Clerk.
The Alsop association confirms this document was presented on behalf of the future Signer of the Declaration, Philip Livingston (1716-1778). Richard Alsop, Sr. (1727–1776), was a clerk in the house of Philip Livingston. With his brother John they successfully operated a cloth and dry goods house in New York City. Just prior to the start of the Revolution he moved with his family to Middletown, Connecticut. His son Richard Alsop, Jr. (1761–1815) was an American author from Middletown, Connecticut, and was a member of the literary group called the “Hartford Wits.”
Philip Livingston (1716- 1778) was an American Merchant and prominent Statesman from New York City. He was an early opponent to British restriction and Taxes. After serving on a number of New York City-based resistance committees, he was elected to the Continental Congress in 1774. In 1776, as a Delegate to the 2nd Continental Congress, he Signed the Declaration of Independence. Here, his associate Alsop, living near Hartford, attends to exchanging Connecticut issued March 1760 Colonial currency notes for newly issued.