Original manuscript warrant for payment of salary to Richard Lawson.

Original manuscript warrant for payment of salary to Richard Lawson.

Windsor: Government House, Monday 4 October 1819.

Single leaf, manuscript in ink.

"Half year's Salary"

A rare manuscript from the period of Macquarie's Governorship, written from Government House at Windsor. It is a warrant for for Richard Lawson, "His half year's Salary", for duties as "Overseer in the New discovered Country". Addressed to D'Arcy Wentworth, the sum of twelve pounds and ten shillings was to be drawn from Police Funds.

A rare manuscript from the period of Macquarie's Governorship, written from Government House at Windsor. It is a warrant for for Richard Lawson, "His half year's Salary", for duties as "Overseer in the New discovered Country". Addressed to D'Arcy Wentworth, the sum of twelve pounds and ten shillings was to be drawn from Police Funds.

The manuscript bears a fine example of Macquarie's signature, and it would appear that the name of D'Arcy Wentworth has also been inscribed by the Governor, and perhaps the entire warrant, hastily written as it evidently is, is in the governor's hand. Wentworth was often involved in such commercial matters, and this document is a further example of his extensive commercial reach -- which guaranteed that on his death in 1827 he was considered the colony's richest man. The sum was paid to James Cox on behalf of Lawson, again an example of the method by which money was sometimes routed through several hands, perhaps never reaching its rightful owner!

An early financial document in excellent condition.

Price (AUD): $5,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504528

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