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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.04298
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0090] July-August 1789 
Title Acknowledgement of salary payments
Date 20 July 1789
Author Stagg, John, Jr. (1758-1803)  
Additional authors Knox, William (1756-1795); Swan, Caleb (1758-1809); Loyd, Caesar (fl. 1789); Hillegas, Michael (1729-1804)
Document Type Government document
Content Description Written from the "War Office," likely in New York City. Document acknowledges receipt for one-half of their salaries from the war office, for the months April-June 1789. Signed by John Stagg, William Knox, Caleb Swan, and Caesar Loyd (Caesar Lloyd Cummings, who signs with his mark), with a note below referencing Mr. [Michael] Hillegas's certificate.
Subjects Government and Civics  Finance  African American History  African Americans in Government  
People Stagg, John, Jr. (1758-1803)  Knox, William (1756-1795)  Swan, Caleb (1758-1809)  Loyd, Caesar (fl. 1789)  Hillegas, Michael (1729-1804)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Theme Government & Politics; African Americans
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Additional Information Michael Hillegas (1729-1804) was Treasurer of the United States until Alexander Hamilton became the first Secretary of the Treasury, under the new Constitution, in September 1789. Caesar Lloyd Cummings (d. 1792), one of six civilian employees in the War Department, was a free black man. He worked as the department messenger. (At least one source indicates that Cummings had served there since the Board of War's creation in 1777.)
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859