NICHOLSON, JOHN
Nicholson was a shady Pennsylvania state official who resigned all his state offices in 1794, having been impeached, but acquitted, by the Pennsylvania Legislature just prior to his resignation. At this time, Nicholson was reputed to be one of the wealthiest men in the country. In 1794-95 Nicholson joined with Robert Morris in a number of land speculation schemes which eventually bankrupted both men; Nicholson was sent to debtor's prison in 1800, and died there several months later.

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John Nicholson

 NICHOLSON, JOHN
JOHN NICHOLSON (d. 1800). State official; Land speculator. Nicholson was a shady Pennsylvania state official who resigned all his state offices in 1794, having been impeached, but acquitted, by the Pennsylvania Legislature just prior to his resignation. Scarce Partially Printed Document Signed “Jn Nicholson.” Comptroller-Generals Office, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. September 29, 1789, 1 page. Octavo. Nicholson held the office from 1782 to 1794 and was often regarded as “the financial dictator of the state.” The document reads: “Theses certify William Leary late private 11th Penna. Reg’t hat been allowed a pension of four dollars per month, by the State of Pennsylvania, agreeable to Acts the United States, on account of would or disabilities received or incurred in the army of the United States during the late war, and that the same hath been paid him until the first day of May, 1789 and no longer…” Uneven edges as made, light stains. Overall Fine condition. A rare original period form and one of the first we have encountered.
Catalog: # AM-1240
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $950.00

John Nicholson Signed Certificate Paying Interest On Depreciation Certificate

 NICHOLSON, JOHN
1784, Pennsylvania. 8 1/2" x 6". Partly printed Council certificate in which David Rittenhouse is directed to pay "James Campbell Adm. Of Thomas Flahead late Private , of the Pennsylvania Line,...one year's interest on his depreciation certificate." Countersigned by JOHN NICHOLSON (d. Dec. 5, 1800), Comptroller general of Pennsylvania; with Robert Morris formed numerous land companies. These certificates were issued to pay the interest on depreciation certificates that had been previously issued to compensate soldiers on unpaid back pay and make up losses suffered by the troops from having been paid in depreciated currency. An interesting document displaying some of the financial chaos which was prevalent during and after the war. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1328
State: Pennsylvania
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $295.00

John Nicholson Signed Certificate Paying Interest On Depreciation Certificate

 NICHOLSON, JOHN
1784, Pennsylvania. 8 1/2" x 6". Partly printed Council certificate in which David Rittenhouse is directed to pay "Hugh Barnett Corporal of Hazens Regiment of the Pennsylvania Line,...one year's interest on his depreciation certificate." Countersigned by JOHN NICHOLSON (d. Dec. 5, 1800), Comptroller general of Pennsylvania; with Robert Morris formed numerous land companies. These certificates were issued to pay the interest on depreciation certificates that had been previously issued to compensate soldiers on unpaid back pay and make up losses suffered by the troops from having been paid in depreciated currency. An interesting document displaying some of the financial chaos which was prevalent during and after the war. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1329
State: Pennsylvania
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $295.00