Payment for Military Recruits
Original Author: George Brooke
Created: July 25, 1780
Medium: Promissary note
Publisher: the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Payment for Military Recruits

This Revolutionary-era promissary note from the Virginia government states that "one thousand pounds of nett inspected tobacco" will be paid to any soldier who enlists in the Continental army. This inducement was established "For speedily recruiting the quota of this state …" The note, with a blank space awaiting the name of a recruit, was signed by the state treasurer, George Brooke, on July 25, 1780.