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In response to fraudulent claims for bounty lands

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Date January 1, 1798
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Office
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Summary Addresses fraudulent claims by officers and soldiers from the old Continental Army for obtaining bounty lands. McHenry now requires that all claims be forwarded to the War Office on or before January 1, 1799, so that the claims may be strictly examined.
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Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; officers; Continental Army; attorney; claimant; witness;
Related Places War Office; ;
Keywords Bounty lands; warrants; deed; certificate; residence; occupation;
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War-Office of the United States.
January the 1st, 1798.
WHEREAS frauds have been practised, in obtaining warrants for Bounty Lands, due to the Officers and Soldiers of the late Continental Army, by the production of forged instruments. To check in future such impositions, it has been though adviseable; that all persons, having claims for Bounty Lands, whether in their own right, as legal representative, or by virtue of any instrument or deed of transfer, be required to forward their respective claims to the War-Office, on or before the first day of January, 1799, in order that such claims may be duly examined, adjusted and determined upon.
To substantiate such claim, a strict observance of the rules heretofore issued from the War-Office will be indispensable; and in addition to what is required by the said rules, the certificate of acknowledgment of a Deed or Power of Attorney, must also set forth the place of residence and occupation of the claimant or person making such acknowledgment; and when the proof of personal knowledge is by a witness or witnesses, their place or places of residence must be set forth in like manner.
Secretary of War.