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Downing, William (fl. 1693) [Promissory note of William Downing]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03434.21 Author/Creator: Downing, William (fl. 1693) Place Written: Urbanna, Virginia Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 31 July 1693 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 14 x 22 cm.

Summary of Content: Downing agrees to pay a debt of twelve hundred and sixty pounds in 1694. Court clerk Edwin Thacker certifies that "the above bill was proved to be the Act and deed of Wm Downing by the oaths of the evidences." Also signed by Robert Williams and Edward Williamson with their marks, as witnesses.

People: Downing, William, fl. 1693
Williams, Robert, fl. 1693
Williamson, Edward, fl. 1693
Thacker, Edwin, fl. 1691-1696

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: DebtFinanceOathLaw

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