Document Spotlight-One Hundred Eighty Dollars’ Worth of Salary

April 11th, 2013

This week we offer another document spotlight to show some of the things our volunteers are finding as they transcribe documents. Transcribed by Dapperlaw, the letter was written by Joseph Howell, and was included in the pay packet for Michael G Houdin. It details Houdin’s salary–$180 for the period 1 July 1793 through 31 March 1794. I also instructs Houdin to sign and return receipts for the money showing he received the pay.

Read the original document here.

Check back next week for another installment in our transcriber spotlight series.

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