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Hillegas, Michael (1729-1804) to Joseph Clarke

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.008.02 Author/Creator: Hillegas, Michael (1729-1804) Place Written: Baltimore, Maryland Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 31 July 1777 Pagination: 1 p. + addr. + docket 24 x 18 cm

Summary of Content: Transmits through the Treasury Board the Continental Loan Office certificates. Gives amounts of each and instructions on numbering them. The total of all the certificates comes to $354,000. The Continental Loan Offices administered loans to the Continental Treasury to help finance the war effort. Hillegas was the Treasurer of the United States. He signed as Continental Treasurer. Clarke was the Commissioner of the Continental Loan Office in Rhode Island.

People: Hillegas, Michael, 1729-1804
Clarke, Joseph, 1719-1792

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarContinental CongressCongressEconomicsFinanceMilitary HistoryGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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