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Monroe, James (1758-1831) [Pardon of Henry F. Doyhar for keeping a billiard table without a license].

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03655 Author/Creator: Monroe, James (1758-1831) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Document signed Date: 14 January 1818 Pagination: 1 p. 41 x 26 cm

Countersigned by Secretary of State John Quincy Adams. Fined $150. Pardoned because of his misunderstanding of the licensing requirements and his indigent circumstances.

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