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Case of Fraud

Letter from William Thomspon to Jospeh Howell

Thompson describes a case of fraud against Roger Wolcot, who altered a note from the Paymaster General and sold shares against the note. He requests that the deposition on the incident of fraud to be used in county court against Wolcott.