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Regarding methods used by a forger to alter certificates of pay

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CollectionNational Archives and Records Administration: Ltrs Sent, J Howell, Comm. Accounts, RG93 view image
Document Information
Date January 12, 1785
Author Name Joseph Howell (primary) Location: Commissioner's Office
Recipient Name Abriel Foster (primary)
Summary Discusses the methods used by a forger to alter certificates of pay.
Document Format Author's Letterbook Copy
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes Also see the following documents from this same letter book: 12/16/1784 (p. 8), 12/29/1784 (p. 9), 01/11/1785 (p. 14), 01/18/1785 (p. 16), and 01/23/1785 (p. 18).
Related Persons/Groups Abriel Foster; Joseph Howell; John Pierce; commissioner; David Adams; Henry Dearbourn; officers;
Related Places Commissioner's Office; Commissioner's Office;
Keywords true description; certificates; certificate; name; sum; sums; issued; rank;
Key Phrases the author of the knavery; by some means or other; pass unsuspected
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Commissioner's office Jany. 12th 1785.

Sir

Agreeable to your request, I have inclosed a true description of two Certificates sign'd by Jno Pierce Esqr. Commissioneró It appear evidently that the Certificate Numbered 21,045 Originally in favour of David Adams has been altered both in Name and sum that the author of the Knavery, has by some means or other extracted the name of David Adams, and placed therein Henry Dearbourn, in order that the Certificate might pass unsuspected - as such sums were issued to officers of Henry Dearbourns Rank - The other Certificate Number'd 12002 appears clearly to have been alter'd from the sum of 8 87/90 Dolls to 546 Dolls.

Jos. Howell. Junr

Abriel Foster.