John Brown, a prominent merchant from Rovidence, Rhode Island, signed this pay receipt dated September 12, 1775, from Nathanael Greene (while stationed at the Kentish Guards, East Greenwich) delivered by Boston merchant Henry Quincy of Green's behalf. A scarce Seige of Boston document, signed by one of the premier financiers of the Revolutionary War. Document is 3x6, tipped to larger sheet, in overall very good condition. Worthy of the finest collections.
John Brown (January 27, 1736 – September 20, 1803) was an American merchant, slave trader, and statesman from Providence, Rhode Island. In 1764, John Brown joined his brothers Nicholas Brown and Moses Brown as well as William Ellery, the Baptist Reverend James Manning, the Baptist Reverend Isaac Backus, the Congregationalist Reverend and later Yale College president Ezra Stiles, former Chief Justice of the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Stephen Hopkins and several others as an original fellow or trustee for the chartering of the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (the original name for Brown University
John Brown played a leading role in the Gaspee Affair of 1772 that increased hostilities between the thirteen colonies and the British Empire and helped catalyze events leading up to the American Revolutionary War. He was an active Federalist and pushed against Rhode Island's anti-federalist, "Country Party" in getting Rhode Island to become part of federal union.
"Providence", the first warship to sail under America’s Continental Navy, was built in 1768 by John Brown. It was purchased by the colony of Rhode Island after British men-of-war began attacking Rhode Island’s shipping lanes. The General Assembly ordered its committee of safety to fit out two ships to defend the lanes, one of which became Providence. The ship — at one time under the command of John Paul Jones, considered the father of the American Navy — went on to participate in 60 battles and to capture 40 British ships before it was dismantled in 1779 to prevent it from falling into the hands of the British
John Brown was also an active slavetrader. On March 22, 1794, Congress passed the Slave Trade Act of 1794 that prohibited making, loading, outfitting, equipping, or dispatching of any ship to be used in the trade of slaves.Then on August 5, 1797, John Brown was tried in federal court as the first American to be tried under the 1794 law. Brown was convicted and was forced to forfeit his ship Hope.
Nathanael Greene (August 7 1742 – June 19, 1786, frequently misspelled Nathaniel) was a major general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War.On May 8, 1775, he was promoted from private to Major General of the Rhode Island Army of Observation formed in response to the siege of Boston. He was appointed a brigadier of the Continental Army by the Continental Congress on June 22, 1775.
Nathanael believed that a war was inevitable between the colonists and the mother country, Britain. Because of this concern, he joined in the establishment of the Kentish Guards of East Greenwich. This military unit, organized by charter of the Rhode Island General Assembly, was trained by a British sergeant, a deserter, who Nathanael had persuaded to join the colonists' cause. On the evening of April 19, 1775, news of the British attack at Lexington reached Nathanael. Realizing the gravity of the situation, Greene mounted his horse and rode to East Greenwich where he joined other members of the Kentish Guard and marched onward to Boston. Soon after, the Rhode Island general Assembly appointed Greene, General of the Army of Observation. With a portion of this force, he joined the American troops besieging Boston. Six weeks later, Congress appointed Greene Brigadier General of the Continental Army. Later, he was named Major General.
Henry Quincy (1727-1780): Son of Edmund Quincy (1703-1788) and Elizabeth Wendell Quincy (1704-1769); married first in 1748 Mary Salter; married second in 1759 Eunice Newell.
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