Explanation of Actions in Hugh McAlister Affair, with Accusation of McAlister as Fraudulent Government Agent

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Date October 21, 1799
Author Name William Simmons (primary) Location: Accountants Office
Recipient Name John Adams (primary)
Summary Simmons explains his actions in and view of the Hugh McAlister case, quoting McHenry's inquiry to him and then his reply -- in brief, that McAlister turned in a deserter, applied for compensation for this service, and was rejected on the grounds that the man he turned in could not be proven a deserter. States further that McAlister was a notary public at Carlise (where the return of the prisoner occurred), and was one of a number of people committing fraud against the United States by "presenting false power of attorney;" he reportedly affixed his signature and the U.S. seal to fraudulent documents. Says that while there is little documentation of these facts, he [Simmons] knows them to be true.
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Related Persons/Groups John Adams; William Simmons; citizen; deserter; Captain Miller; infantry; captain Callander Irvine; Hugh McAlister; McAllister; Lieutenant Francis Gibson; paymaster general; notary public; ;
Related Places Accountants Office; Pennsylvania; Reading; Carlisle; ;
Keywords complaint; reward; claim; barracks; certificate; muster rolls; advertised; fraud; false powers of attorney; ;
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