[Connecticut]: June 24, 1776. Folio printed broadside, completed in manuscript, 8-7/8" x 14-1/4." Docketed on verso in ink script. Signed in ink by Elijah Robinson and James Chamberlain; signatures as witnesses of Thos. Seymour and Henry Seymour. Their bond secured their proper disposition of funds for raising a Company of the Continental Army to join the Canada Expedition. Old horizontal fold with light browning, untrimmed. Light wear. Very Good.
In 1775, the Continental Army participated in the Invasion of Quebec, an attempt with Benedict Arnold's help to take over Quebec and convince its French Canadians to aid the thirteen colonies in the Revolution. The attempt was unsuccessful, and in December, 1775, the Americans and French were defeated. A remnant of soldiers continued fighting until British reinforcements arrived in May, 1776, and drove them out. A couple weeks later, in early June, the Continental Army re-entered Quebec to drive out the British troops, and they were again forced to retreat.
Capt. Elijah Robinson [1735-1809] served in Gen. Spencer's 2nd Regiment from its formation in the spring of 1775 through its disbandment December 19, 1775, participating in the invasion of Quebec; was with the State Regiment in the Northern Department, connected to Capt. Mott's Battalion; with Col. Ely's State Regiment in June, 1777; and with Col. Enos' Regiment, his company arriving June 29., 1778, and being engaged for three months. He later moved to Vermont and served as a State Representative, Wethersfield Town Selectman, and Judge of Windsor County. [Robinson Genealogical Society: ROBINSON GENEALOGY, DESCENDANTS OF THE REV. JOHN ROBINSON. . . VOLUME I, p. 82.]
Capt James Chamberlain [1734-1812] was the son of Joseph and Mary [Johnson] Chamberlain, and married to Abigail Boynton. He represented Tolland in the Connecticut General Assembly in 1775, commanded a company of cavalry for two tours during the American Revolutionary War, and was a selectman of Tolland in 1777. [Waldo, L.: THE EARLY HISTORY OF TOLLAND. AN ADDRESS. . . 1861, pp. 57, 77, 144.]
Col. Thomas Seymour [1735-1829] was a Yale graduate, King's Attorney in 1767, Connecticut's State Attorney after the Revolutionary War, and grandfather of Connecticut Governor Thomas Henry Seymour. Seymour also served as Head of the Committee of Pay Table, represented Hartford at the General Assembly at 18 sessions between 1774 and 1793, served with the Connecticut Senate [House of Assistants] from 1793 to 1803, and was Hartford's first mayor from 1774 to1812.
We are not sure which Henry Seymour signed. There were several; the Seymour bloodline extended throughout Connecticut and New York, with several individuals moving between the two States at different times. Item #37447