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Paine, Robert Treat (1731-1814) [Indictment of Nathaniel Davis, printer, for counterfeiting money]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00277 Author/Creator: Paine, Robert Treat (1731-1814) Place Written: Suffolk, Massachusetts Type: Autograph document signed Date: 26 August 1777 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 30 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Signed by Paine as prosecutor for the state of Massachusetts. Countersigned by Daniel Parker as the jury foreman and five witnesses. Specifies the jury's charges against Davis in detail. Dated the "Last Tuesday of August." Names penned by Paine, including that of Benjamin Edes, the printer of the June 18, 1776 Massachusetts issue, the one probably forged.

Background Information: Robert Treat Paine (1731-1814) was a Massachusetts representative at the Conintental Congress. He also served as Attorney General for Massachusetts from 1777-1796 and Judge of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts ...from 1796-1804.
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People: Paine, Robert Treat, 1731-1814
Parker, Daniel, fl. 1777

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: CounterfeitingPrintingLawCriminals and OutlawsForgery and FraudFinanceEconomicsGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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