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Gibson, John (1729-1782) to Nathaniel Appleton

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01412.03 Author/Creator: Gibson, John (1729-1782) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Letter signed Date: 4 August 1778 Pagination: 1 p. ; 36 x 19 cm

Summary of Content: Instructions on how to identify genuine certificates and guard against counterfeits. From the Treausury Office in Philadelphia, PA.

People: Appleton, John fl. 1778
Gibson, John fl. 1778

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarEconomicsFinanceCoins and CurrencyForgery and FraudCounterfeiting

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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