Contents and Arrangement

Pay Receipt for Thomas Brown, a Deceased African American Soldier, 1783 October 13

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


Consists of an open collection of miscellaneous correspondence, statements of accounts, receipts, and other materials, spanning from the mid-1760s through the early 1780s, that relate to the U.S. Continental Congress and the American Revolutionary War era. While many materials concern the state of New Jersey, others pertain to other parts of colonial and early America. The bulk of the material comprises accounts of forage for the army's horses, provisions for the soldiers, items needed for the soldiers' uniforms such as buttons and vests, receipts for salaries paid to army generals or other army personnel, including a pay receipt for a deceased soldier who was likely African American, and reports of the Commissioners of the Loan Office. There are also extracts of minutes of the U.S. Continental Congress regarding the sale of un-appropriated land before the end of the war. These extracts are dated September 14, and October 29 and 30, 1779, and signed by George Bond for Charles Thomson, who was secretary of the Congress (1774-1789). At the end of the first document is a list of names of the delegates who voted for or against the resolution; among them are John Fell, William C. Houston, Nathaniel Scudder, and John Witherspoon, representing New Jersey. Also present are a 12-page manuscript of a poem, "The Revolt," written in 1776 by Loyalist Thomas Williamson; an affidavit about an incident which occurred during the time of the Revolution; a draft declaration dated August 1780; and a Revenue Stamp (no. RM11a) issued under the "Stamp Act" of 1765.

This collection was formerly known as the "American Revolution Collection."

Collection History


AM 2017-157

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Pay Receipt for Thomas Brown, a Deceased African American Soldier; Princeton University Library Collection of American Revolution Materials, C1284, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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