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Williamson, Augustine (fl. 1691) [Promissory note for five thousand pounds from Augustine Williamson to William Johnson]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03434.69 Author/Creator: Williamson, Augustine (fl. 1691) Place Written: Middlesex County, Virginia Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 24 January 1691 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 29 x 18.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Augustine Williamson promissory note owing "five thousand pounds of good sound Merchantable sweet sented Tobacco and Caffe" to William Johnson. Docket states that Johnson now owes four thousand pounds to John Somoes. Signed by John Vivion, John Williamson, William Vallicot, and by Augustine Williamson with his mark. Also signed by Edwin Thacker as Middlesex County Court Recorder, and affixed with a seal. The docket, dated 23 October 1695 and 2 December 1696, is signed by James Williamson, Edwin Thacker, and Robert Williamson with his mark.

People: Vivion, John, fl. 1691
Williamson, John, fl. 1691
Vallicot, William, fl. 1691
Williamson, Augustine, fl. 1691
Thacker, Edwin, fl. 1691-1696
Williamson, James, fl. 1695
Williamson, Robert, fl. 1695

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: FinanceDebtAgriculture and Animal HusbandryTobacco and SmokingDiet and nutrition

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